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In Honor of Mother's Day, Here's One Petition Every Mother Should Sign

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 07.06.2011 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

A new promotional video released last week by the non-partisan anti-poverty organization ONE raises some important questions about Americans' view of foreign assistance in the developing world.

Global Capitalism Is Destroying the Middle Class, Say the Global Capitalists

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Some of the most trusted institutions in the world are finally awakening to the dangers of unrestrained global capitalism.

What Will It Take to Confront the Global Crises?

Vinod Thomas | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

This blog is co-authored by Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President, World Bank Institute. Three interlinked global crises -- food, economic, climate -- were ...

Andrea Stone

Former World Bank Chief: Gordon Brown Should Be Next Head Of IMF

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.20.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- A former head of the World Bank waded into a public row between Britain’s last and current prime ministers over who should be the next...

The Urgency of Curbing Global Food Price Volatility

Tom Arnold | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Tom Arnold

There is no simple solution to the food crisis. What's needed is a combination of carefully chosen and calibrated short and long term measures.

IMF Nations Discuss 'Significant Risks' Of Rising Global Food Prices

Posted 06.17.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Lesley Wroughton and Isabel Versiani) - International Monetary Fund member countries sought to bridge sharp differences over the global ...

World Bank, I.M.F. Unsure Of Solution To Middle East Inequality

New York Times | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM | Posted 06.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The World Bank once hailed Tunisia’s economic reforms, noting the country’s increasing prosperity over the last decade. Official...

Emerging Economies Summit Could Shuffle Global Power

AP | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 06.13.2011 | Business

BEIJING -- The leaders of the world's largest emerging economies gather this week in southern China for what could be a watershed moment in their ques...

Picking up the Pieces

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

For the 600 million people living in fragile and conflict affected economies, the threat of relapsing into violence and slipping into deeper poverty i...

World Bank Doesn't Belong at the Green Climate Fund's Drawing Table

Janet Redman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Green
Janet Redman

The Green Climate Fund should remain fully independent from the World Bank. Its design committee should engage experts from UN agencies and all regions of the world.

Rwanda Rises: A Lesson in Hope

Francine LeFrak | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Francine LeFrak

Let's face it, our world has seen better days. Take a look at the newspaper on any given day and you'll find enough tragedy and disaster to send you s...

Greece: Never on a Sunday But Bail Us Out on Monday? Defeat or Development

Vanessa Andris | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Vanessa Andris

Are you a tourist with tons of money you would like to spend while on vacation in Greece -- happy to help the struggling economy and come home with something special? Well, if it's Sunday, you can forget it.

Money Can't Buy Equality

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.30.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Conventional wisdom suggests that growth is sufficient for poverty reduction and social progress, but is this the case in South Asia? Perhaps not.

Climate Funds to Underwrite the World Bank's Love Affair With Big Dams?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.29.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Small, decentralized renewable energy projects such as wind, small hydropower and geothermal power plants provide a win-win solution for poverty reduction and resilience to climate change.

Macro-Disasters

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.29.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Over the past 10 years more than 2.6 billion (yes, billion with a "B") have been affected by natural catastrophes, compared with 1.6 billion in the previous decade. Why the drastic increase?

Big Coal WikiLeaks Emergency in Bangladesh: Does Obama Support Removal of 100,000 Villagers?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Many are questioning why the Obama administration is covertly pushing for Bangladesh to reverse course and acquiesce to an internationally condemned open-pit mine that will displace an estimated 100,000-200,000 villagers.

World Bank: We Must Rethink Our Role In The Middle East

Reuters | Lesley Wroughton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank is rethinking its role in the Middle East and North Africa to tackle economic and social problems that spark...

Whither the U.S. Dollar

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Is the U.S. dollar really doomed? Many voices are now proclaiming the eventual demise of the dollar. But not so fast -- there is room for more than one international currency.

Moody's Pushes Egypt Deeper Into Junk Status

AP | TAREK EL-TABLAWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CAIRO — Moody's Investor's Service pushed Egypt's sovereign bond rating deeper into junk status on Wednesday, the latest symptom of uncertainty abou...

Geithner and the Post-WWII Utopian Vision

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner laid out the case for increasing our financial commitments to the World Bank and its sibling regional development banks.

Geithner: U.S. Must Help 'Nurture' Emerging Markets

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By Glenn Somerville and Lesley Wroughton) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner urged lawmakers on Wednesday to approve capital ...

Inclusive Growth: From Desirable to Essential

Vinod Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

The concern for inclusive growth, or a growth pattern that includes all income strata, is not new. What is different is the nascent realization that without it, sustained growth will not be possible in the future.

The Day After Tomorrow: Commodities And Uncomfortable Natural Riches

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Commodity prices are experiencing a lot of volatility right now, with food and oil prices nearing record highs. But what about the medium-term? The an...

A Marshall Plan for the Middle East?

Glenn Hubbard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Glenn Hubbard

All prosperous countries of the world got that way not through government infrastructure, food aid, or NGO projects, but through the growth of a domestic business sector.

Universal Principles in Revolutionary Times

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

The uprisings in the Middle East suggest that people want the whole package. Not just their civil and political rights. Economic and social opportunities too.