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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.

How Human Rights Have Contributed to Development

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The global push to reduce poverty and malnutrition is a great example where we increasingly draw insights from both development and human rights.

Rwanda: Healing the Scars of Genocide

David Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Weiss

As you pass through the country, it is hard to imagine that these same streets in this country the size of Hawaii were the scene of one of the worst human slaughters of the late 20th century.

The Poor Are Paying the Price of the Food Cost Spike

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The recent hike in food prices is bringing food costs near the dangerous levels of 2008, creating enormous vulnerabilities in developing countries.

Climate Change and the Food Crisis: Issues and Solutions

Vinod Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

Food prices hit record highs in January, sparking fears of a new global food crisis. One cause is the neglect of agriculture. But there is another, more ominous cause as well.

Food Prices Push 44 Million Into Poverty: World Bank

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Rising global food prices has pushed an estimated 44 million more people into extreme poverty in developing countries over the past eig...

Delivering Aid Differently

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

In the future, the new realities of the aid environment need to be confronted head on. Any meaningful institutional changes must target aid impact and reach.

How Public Spending Can Help Countries Grow

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Beyond the epicenter of the economic crisis -- the US and Western Europe -- public spending has had an indeterminate effect on spurring GDP growth in developing countries.

How Blended Learning Will Change the World

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Nearly half of the world's population is under the age of 25; that means more than 3 billion people. Over 500 million youth live on less than $2 per d...

The Day After Tomorrow: Macro-Financial Policy Catches Up With Reality

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The search for financial stability, through regulatory or macroeconomic policy, is just beginning. Should developing countries wait for new global standards to emerge, or tailor their own regulatory strategies?

How Do Women Weather Economic Shocks?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Macroeconomic shocks traditionally affect women differently than men. But how do these gender-differentiated impacts unfold?

Rich Nations Not Adding Enough Jobs, World Bank Says

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa) - Economic growth in the world's wealthier nations is still too slow to create enough jobs for the tens of mi...

Fool's Gold: The World's Love Affair With The Metal Is Dangerous

The Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gold has been having a great run lately. On Nov. 9, it closed at a record high of $1409.80 per ounce. It's being hoarded as the only safe bet in a wor...

World Bank: PFOX, 'Ex-Gays' Organization, To Be Included In Workplace-Giving Program

Metro Weekly | By Chris GeidnerPublished on November 10, 2010, 7:03pm | 0 Comments, 11 Tweets | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays -- PFOX -- will soon be able to say that its programming is supported by funding provided to it by the World Ban...

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.