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Less Poor but More Unequal

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Debates over inequality -- and the role governments should play -- have polarized political and economic debates. How much should inequality matter or weigh in policy making?

Why Everyone Should Celebrate Jim Yong Kim's Election as President of the World Bank

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Leslie Gerwin

This is a moment for Americans to recognize what Dr. Kim's work teaches us -- economic health depends upon healthy people and healthy communities.

American Idol Fans and African Preschoolers: A Winning Team

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 06.24.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

American Idol fans can take a bow. Thanks to them, African preschoolers will be poised to step out on the stage of school and life, and shine.

Crime Actually Does Pay

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business

* Criminal business one of the world's largest - U.N. * Threatens international development goals * Crime groups showing...

International Stolen Asset Recovery As a Development Issue -- A World Bank President's Legacy?

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

While future commentaries will chronicle Robert B. Zoellick's acts and deeds, it is worth pausing, this weekend, as he completes his last major world forum as president, to recall the initiative he launched at his first major world forum.

Emerging Markets Lead in Job Recovery

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.18.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

So far, from Brazil to Russia and from China to South Africa, labor markets have proven resilient to sluggish GDP growth. But there is no better ally of employment than strong, dynamic and inclusive growth. We are still far away from getting that.

Am I the Native Under Your Magnifier? I Need a Job, Not a Dissection!

Amina Semlali | Posted 06.18.2012 | World
Amina Semlali

Youth in the Middle East and North Africa need to succeed in a "double transition": first, they need to obtain relevant skills and credentials that make them employable, and second, they have to find a job in a notoriously non-meritocratic labor market.

The New World Bank President's First Night

Carl Pope | Posted 06.17.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

The kinds of "big" development schemes that come most easily to the World Bank often bring with them nominal increases in gross domestic product, but only do so by degrading natural and community systems on which billions of people depend.

World Bank Taps Obama Nominee As New Leader

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 06.16.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Jim Yong Kim, an American who is president of Dartmouth College, has been chosen to be the next president of the World Bank. His se...

Kenyan Dam Fighter to Receive Goldman Prize

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Ikal Angelei receives the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize today. She is defending the interests of 500,000 poor indigenous people against a destructive hydropower dam, and has successfully taken on many of the world's biggest dam builders and financiers.

The U.S. Just Got A Little Bit Closer To Getting Its Way In World Bank Race

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business

* Colombia's Ocampo withdraws from World Bank contest * U.S. nominee Jim Yong Kim likely winner * Russia...

Putting Women on the Agenda in Cartagena

Amanda Klasing | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Amanda Klasing

Several weeks ago, I was in Cartagena speaking with women who have suffered unspeakable acts of violence mere miles from where the region's heads of state will gather in lavish style.

Transformative Development: How Jim Yong Kim Might Change the World Bank

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Matthew Kavanagh

Jim Kim represents a break from the past -- as both his supporters and detractors agree -- and would surely steer the World Bank in new directions.

Collaborative Border Management: A New Approach to an Old Problem

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business
Otaviano Canuto

Tough decisions are needed on where to spend limited resources to pursue border management reform. To this end, a well defined business case -- weighing costs and benefits -- needs to be prepared.

The Presidency of The World Bank and the Third World

José Fernando López | Posted 06.05.2012 | Latino Voices
José Fernando López

It is difficult to imagine, given the current circumstances, a post where it is more important that the election of the candidate be based on merit. Nevertheless, it probably won't be.

WB Head: World's Easy Money Obsession Only Buys Time

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business

By Kevin Yao BOAO, China, April 2 (Reuters) - Policymakers in both developing and developed countries must embrace structural reforms...

Obama's Outside-the-Box Pick for World Bank President

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
Terra Lawson-Remer

The World Bank has already begun to embrace a more community-empowered framework; under Jim Yong Kim's leadership this important new direction could develop sustainable roots.

"Our Land, Our Decision": Kosovo Protests World Bank and U.S. Plans for New Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

While the U.S. has stopped building new coal plants and has rejected 166 proposed coal plants in the past decade, some of our government institutions are, inexplicably, trying to force new coal plants on other countries.

Washington's Loss of Control Over World Bank Is a Big Historic Change

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The opening up of the contest for World Bank president is a historic change whose significance has not been fully appreciated. This is not surprising, given the widespread misunderstanding of the IMF and World Bank.

Memo to World Bank: Good Health Policy Is Great Economic Policy

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Michael Hodin

As the World Bank lays out its plans to stimulate growth in the coming years, Dr. Kim may be exactly what the doctor ordered -− a health-field expert who can prioritize healthy aging.

Fixing the World Bank

Patrick Sharma | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
Patrick Sharma

The fact that so many countries are graduating from World Bank lending is something to celebrate. So should the organization declare victory and close up shop? The answer, unfortunately, is no.

Will Obama's Candidate Reinvent the World Bank?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Peter Bosshard

Could Jim Yong Kim's presidency offer a chance to reinvent the World Bank? Redirecting the supertanker of multilateral development finance will take more than a change of presidents. The entrenched interests in the Bank's management and board will try to prevent a change of course.

New World Bank President Nominee: Non-Economic Paradigm Shift?

Scott White | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Scott White

President Obama's nomination of Dr. Jim Yong Kim is receiving immediate reaction in the global media as an inspired and surprising choice. It is indeed both.

Of Jim Yong Kim, Innovation and the World Bank

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 05.25.2012 | World
Muhammad H. Zaman

I want to see a World Bank that emphasizes the fundamental values of dignity, poverty alleviation and human development -- the core values that define Jim's academic and research profession.

Breaking Glass Ceiling Against Compassionate Expertise, Obama Taps Jim Yong Kim to Lead World Bank

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.23.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

President Obama has nominated Jim Yong Kim, a physician who has been a leader of efforts to extend access to health care in poor countries, to lead the World Bank. This is a huge, historic victory for justice.