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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.

World Bank: U.S. Regulations More Business Friendly Than Most

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

As U.S. politicians wrangle over the best way to create jobs and spur economic growth, one international agency is indicating that changing the regula...

Why Does 51% Own Less Than 1%?

K. Sujata | Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Women make up half the population and 40 percent of the world's workforce but hold just one percent of the world's wealth. We need to assume responsibility, ensuring women have safe and healthy lives.

On Foggy Bottom March, Protesters At World Bank, IMF Thank Police

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.07.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Dozens of young college-age people who have been active in the OccupyDC and "Stop the Machine" protests marched through downtown early F...

Jason Cherkis

Occupy Wall Street Mass Arrest Resembles Infamous Police Tactic, Critics Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.04.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Ben Becker, 27, sat in the back of a police-commandeered transit bus on Saturday night, his hands placed tightly behind his back in plas...

Trade Finance and the Financial Crisis

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.28.2011 | Impact
Otaviano Canuto

As the 2008-9 financial crisis spread from its epicenter in the United States to the rest of the world, policy makers found themselves in uncharted wa...

Climate Financing Paper Targets Fossil Fuel Subsidies

AP | By ARTHUR MAX | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green

AMSTERDAM -- Global financial institutions are recommending raising money to fight climate change by trimming subsidies for fossil fuels, putting a pr...

World Bank Hydro Project Exposes Blatant Abuse of Climate Funds

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

If the World Bank and an Indian power utility have their way, the Rampur hydropower project in Northern India will increase global CO2 emissions by 15 million tons, at a cost of $164 million to unsuspecting energy consumers in Sweden.

Women Hold Just One Percent Of The World's Wealth: World Bank

WSJ | Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

By Sudeep Reddy of the Wall Street Journal The World Bank’s latest World Development Report, which focuses on gender equality around the world, o...

The World Bank Still Can't Quit Dirty Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.15.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Coal plants don't come dirtier than the Soviet-era relics currently in operation in Kosovo. Despite the terrible pollution these plants spew, the World Bank has decided the only option for this young country is to lock in more of it.

Economic Integration: A Quasi-Common Economy Approach

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Is there a way other regions can reap the benefits of integration, in the absence of supranational governance?

World Bank President To Major Economies: 'Time For Muddling Through Is Over'

Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

(Lesley Wroughton) - The head of the World Bank said Wednesday the world had entered a new economic danger zone and that Europe, Japan and the Uni...

How To Prevent Economic Crises

Bloomberg | Sylvia Nasar | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

Unlike the movies, life rarely permits second takes. But the Second World War gave John Maynard Keynes, the patron saint of government activism, and F...

Who SEZ One Size Fits All?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Various policy objectives have motivated the creation -- and exponential expansion -- of SEZs around the world. However, such successes have not been universal or without controversy in the past, nor are they guaranteed in the future.

The Search for Gaddafi's Assets: How Libya and the Arab Spring Have Renewed the Global Fight Against Corruption

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 09.08.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

In many ways, what happens next in Libya's asset recovery efforts may be monitored, critiqued and studied by governments, scholars, activists, and dictators alike.