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World Bank: Extreme Poverty Reduced By Half

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2012 | World

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Feb 29 (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Wednesday developing countries appear to have already met a ...

World Bank Presidency Can't Be a Done Deal

Paul O'Brien | Posted 04.29.2012 | Impact
Paul O'Brien

The second wave of global economic crisis is going to start hitting poor countries very hard, very soon. The World Bank needs to be fit for purpose and geared to respond with credible, legitimate leadership in place.

The Lingering Global Crisis and the New Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The lingering global crisis is forcing us to rethink the objectives and the tools of social policy. Past meltdowns in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin-America provide us with some good hints on what to expect and how to respond.

The Latest Reason Larry Summers Is Unpopular

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.24.2012 | Business

Larry Summers is in the running to head the World Bank. But according to tens of thousands of people that recently signed a petition, he's not the man...

Capital Account Liberalization: Are There Lessons to be Learned?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As developing countries continue to expand their global economic weight and their currencies start being used intensively abroad, the issue of capital account liberalization will come to the fore.

World Bank Leader: Peace Out

AP | HARRY DUNPHY | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Wednesday he is stepping down, raising the possibility that a non-American might be chose...

IMF Predicts European Recession, Slow U.S. Growth

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 03.25.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Global leaders are sharply at odds over how to rescue Europe from its escalating debt crisis: Should they focus more urgently on ec...

Jason Linkins

Surely President Obama Is Joking About This Whole 'Let's Have Larry Summers Run The World Bank' Thing!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

The hot scoop of the day, where emeritus members of the Committee To Save The World are concerned, is that President Barack Obama is mulling naming fo...

Obama Considering Larry Summers For World Bank Chief

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business

President Barack Obama is considering naming Larry Summers, his former top economic advisor, as head of the World Bank, Bloomberg reports, citing "two...

IMF Call For More Contributions Lifts Global Markets

AP | PAMELA SAMPSON | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

BANGKOK — Asian stock markets rose Thursday as investors grew more comfortable with risk assets after surprisingly strong U.S. housing figures h...

World Bank Board: Time to Step Up for an Open and Transparent Selection Process for the Next Bank President

Sunil Chacko | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
Sunil Chacko

The next president of the World Bank ought to be selected carefully and in an open and transparent manner. It is January now and the next president should be selected before June 30 when Robert Zoellick's term ends.

10 Best Countries For Starting A Business (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business

International entrepreneurs can quickly get discouraged once they encounter the mess of deregulation, red tape and lack of infrastructure that often c...

Chavez's Controversial Stance Could Have Huge Implications For Venezuela

AP | By IAN JAMES | Posted 01.09.2012 | Business

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that his government should pull out of a World Bank-affiliated arbitration body and...

Eurozone Woes - Is The Union Falling Apart?

Seth Engel | Posted 02.14.2012 | World
Seth Engel

The original goals of the European Union of were peace, stability, security, economic solidarity and the promotion of humanitarian values. In the all-out effort to retain Moody's AAA status, it is integral to keep those goals ahead of us, not in the rearview mirror.

Technology Is Helping the Fight Against Corruption

Caroline Anstey | Posted 02.08.2012 | Technology
Caroline Anstey

As we mark International Anti-Corruption Day, we should acknowledge that there is no single quick fix for curbing corruption. But there are steps that can and should be taken to raise the cost of being corrupt -- to send a powerful message that corruption doesn't pay.

'Green News Report' - December 6, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.05.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: It's not ...

World Bank Issues Alert On Afghanistan Economy

New York Times | ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 11.23.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan will suffer a recession in 2014 and beyond after foreign troops leave and aid dwindles, and if the security situati...

China's Slowing Factory Production Fuels Fears Of Global Recession

Posted 11.23.2011 | Business

(Koh Gui Qing) - China's factory sector shrank the most in 32 months in November on signs of domestic economic weakness, a preliminary PMI survey ...

U.S. Security and the Multilateral Development Banks

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 01.22.2012 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

In the face of looming cutbacks, maintaining cost-effective investments in the multilateral development banks is critical.

Winners, Losers and the Beauty of Impact Analysis

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Whether reforms follow or not, the uncovering the true meaning of what our leaders do, has irresistible appeal in-and-of itself. No wonder impact analysis has become almost an academic obsession to the new generation of economists.

Small Is Beautiful in Job Creation

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Otaviano Canuto

In this sluggish environment, one big thing we can do to create more jobs is to support entrepreneurship and small businesses locally.

IMF's Rhetoric Still Far from Its Policies

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank gathered in Washington for their annual Spring Meetings, there was more talk about how much th...

Seeking Stability in an Unstable World

Richard Attias | Posted 01.14.2012 | Business
Richard Attias

"In this connected world, we are all in the same boat. If part of the boat has a hole in it you cannot say afloat." The words of the chief executive of Hong Kong SAR, Donald Tsang, spoken at the APEC CEO Summit, could be said to embody the preoccupations of APEC as a whole.

Food Prices and the 7 Billionth Baby

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Volatility is also affecting global food prices, and with them, millions of people in developing countries. So, just as the world marks the birth of the 7 billionth baby this week, his or her family might be struggling to put food on the table.

How the Global 1% Shape the World's Development Agenda

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.28.2011 | World
Peter Bosshard

Key decisions about the sector cannot be left to undemocratic, non-transparent institutions. Civil society groups have started to pry open the echo chambers of the G20 and its cooperation with other powerful actors.