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Three global health trends for the next decade

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

In the past two decades, the international donor community has ushered in a historic expansion of global health programs. Through multi-country initi...

To Vote or Not to Vote

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

The wisdom of elections in fragile places is questioned by those who fear they will exacerbate tensions and provoke violence.

When Aid Works: RIP, Rene Le Berre

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

"René Le Berre, a French entomologist who helped inspire an international campaign that saved millions of West Africans from the parasitic disease r...

Making Government Work Can Transform Africa

Tony Blair | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tony Blair

The international development community needs to find new ways to support leaders in Africa to do the right thing. No leader deserves a blank check, but it is not enough for us to just say that Africa needs more Mandelas and fewer Mobutus.

Haiti's Political and Economic Earthquake "Made in the USA"

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Michael Johnson

(updated below - Update II - Update III) This morning, as political and financial leaders from around the world convene at the World Economic Forum, ...

The World Bank Steps in to Save the Day??

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancún, Mexico - As climate change increases, the World Bank is stepping up its funding for developing nations. On the agenda at this year's COP 16, ...

Street Heat: Actions in Cancún!

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancún, Mexico - On Friday, the normally staid and restrained atmosphere at UN meetings received a lively injection of energy and music, as about 30 ...

"Rapid Response" to an Ancient Issue (VIDEO)

Kate Otto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kate Otto

Reversing climate change sounds, to me, a lot like trying to overcome HIV/AIDS: at the heart of the struggle, we are trying to change the behavior of individuals who feel untouched by the issue.

The Danger of Demonizing Profit Making Companies That Serve the Poor

Hugh Whalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Hugh Whalan

The true issue here is not whether for-profits play an important role -- it should be clear that they do -- but rather how to encourage the right kind of for-profits to address the social needs of the poor.

Why the West Is Losing the Pacific to China, the Arab League, and Just About Everyone Else

Cleo Paskal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cleo Paskal

Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga. The small South Pacific country of the Kingdom of Tonga has been busy. In a two-week period around the start of Septembe...

China: Already on Top?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Earlier this month, Forbes magazine released its list of the most powerful people on the planet. At the top was Chinese leader Hu Jintao; his countryman Justin Yifu Lin is chief economist of the World Bank.

Senator Mark Kirk, World Banker

Sunil Chacko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Chacko

Senator Mark Kirk, who won President Obama's Senate seat, is the only Senator who has been on the staff of the World Bank Group. In the broadcasted Q...

What's an Underemployed Gal to Do? Run For Office.

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Tucker

The experience of running convinced me that women have a tremendous natural ability for politics. We just have to get over our fear of it and go for the brass ring.

Join Us in Integrated Approach to Build The New Haiti

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Léogâne, Haiti. I am perhaps the most excited I have been in my entire life as I prepare to move to Haiti next month. Ten months after the earthqu...

How to assist fragile countries challenged by weak governance

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This post originally appeared on the World Bank's Conflict & Development Blog on October 28, 2010. The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the headlin...

World Bank Puts A Price On Nature

Yahoo! News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The World Bank on Thursday launched a program to help nations put a value on nature just like GDP in a bid to stop the destruction of forests, wetland...

World Bank Feeding Repression in Ethiopia

Ben Rawlence | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Rawlence

Donors fear that if they push Ethiopia too hard, it may turn toward China's no-strings money. But continuing to write checks in the face of Ethiopia's increasing authoritarianism runs counter to donors' own policies, which state that human rights are central to sustainable development.

Apps for Development, not Destruction (VIDEO)

Kate Otto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kate Otto

The World Bank recently launched the "Apps for Development Competition" in order to connect the word's best and the brightest minds at the intersection of software development and poverty-alleviation efforts.

Ending World Hunger for the Price of a Burger

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephan B. Tanda

While world coffers grew from a mere $1.35 trillion dollars in 1960 to over $60 trillion today, the number of empty stomach reached record levels. Tod...

Access to Information at the World Bank: The First 99 Days

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chad Dobson

Co-authored by Rebecca Harris October 7th marked the 99th day of implementation of the World Bank's revised Policy on Access to Information. Civil ...

Rigorous Impact Evaluation Is Not a Luxury: Scrutinizing the Millennium Villages

Michael Clemens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Clemens

Africans have urgent needs, but they have urgent needs for things that work, and many of them have been disappointed by well-intended outsiders in the past.

Economist Jeffrey Sachs makes the case for contract transparency at Annual Meetings of World Bank/IMF

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chad Dobson

Co-authored by Rebecca Harris On Wednesday, October 6, the opening of the Civil Society Policy Forum of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, economist...

World Development Report 2011 Launches New Website

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This post originally appeared on the World Bank's Conflict & Development Blog on October 14, 2010. Esabel Khoury co-authored this post. After months ...

A Global Life: Review of James Wolfensohn's New Memoir

Georgia Levenson Keohane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Georgia Levenson Keohane

A Global Life: My Journey among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank is the new memoir from former World Bank President James W...

Replenishing IDA's Coffers: Time to Get Creative

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

How much will donor governments reach into their shrinking wallets to finance IDA's health, infrastructure, and agriculture projects?  How much financial creativity have donors and World Bank management brought to the table?  The answers are mixed.