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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.

Energy Poverty: NGOs Question How the World Bank Will Bring Power to the Powerless

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chad Dobson

As the Bank shapes its energy sector strategy, civil society emphasized that World Bank energy investments must absolutely prioritize energy access for the poor, as well as low carbon development.

The Majority of the World's Countries Can Change the IMF

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

As finance ministers, bankers, and other interested parties from around the world flock to Washington for the semi-annual IMF-World Bank meetings, the...

The Polluter's Newfound Concern for the Poor

Stephen Kretzmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Stephen Kretzmann

Unfortunately, the World Bank seems to be continuing to reflect the interests of corporations in its donor countries rather than the poor.

New Thinking on Macroprudential Regulations

Raj Nallari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raj Nallari

There is now a new thinking on how to reform the global financial system and how to reduce the vulnerability of the system to adverse changes in macroeconomic and market conditions.

Global Scientific Review Finds That it Pays to Protect Rivers

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

In spite of billions of dollars in investment, the threats to river ecosystems are particularly high in Europe and the United States. The good news is that smart and cost-effective solutions are available.

Five Priorities for the Next GAVI CEO

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

The GAVI Alliance has enjoyed 10 remarkable years. It's first CEO, Tore Godal, brought people and institutions together, gave GAVI a strategic v...

One Woman's Mission: Empowering World's Poorest Girls to Transform World

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I first met Jin In off a snowy sidewalk near Bryant Park in New York City this past winter. She just returned from Nepal, energized. There, she was ...

Listening and Learning

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

The ability to listen is one of the most important factors determining whether aid workers can have a positive -- and lasting -- impact on a community.

"Don't Be Seduced by Visualization . . ."

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

"Don't be seduced by visualization. It can be cool for data wonks. But you need to focus on real users who are trying to solve a problem." That was...

A Look At The World's Fastest Growing Megacity

GlobalPost | Erik German and Solana Pyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The future is here, and it smells like burning trash. As the evening call to prayer echoes across Dhaka's teeming slums, a bluish haze rises in the mu...

Don't Make the Same Mistake I Did

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

"We dump hardware down and hope magic will happen," said Michael Trucano, senior information and education specialist at the World Bank, whose of...

When Top-Down is Needed: World Bank Reform

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Reforming the World Bank, by David Phillips, is the most constructive book on the topic I have read.  Phillips, a long-time World Bank s...

Mapping the World Bank's Footprint

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

The World Bank, in collaboration with AidData and the Development Gateway, have just announced the release of a service that allows you to use...

Why Aren't We Ready for Natural Disasters?

Vinod Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

Some 50 developing countries face recurrent natural disasters, yet many don't seem to recognize they will recur. Almost half the countries borrowing from the World Bank did not mention disaster prevention in their development plans.

Inequality of Mercy

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

With 1,500 dead, 20 million people displaced, and millions of hectares of agricultural land underwater, Pakistan would seem to have a solid claim on international support. So why is Pakistan having such trouble attracting support?

Free Trade: Flawed Theory and Bad Policy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Free trade works very well for investors, financial institutions, and large multinational companies. At the same time, our free trade agreements push aside interests of workers, communities and the environment.

Biofuels v. Oil -- The Case for Biofuels Just Keeps Getting Better

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Dinneen

For anyone who doubts that our dependence on oil is preferable to expanding our production of biofuels, a new report by the National Wildlife Fund is both a wake-up call and a call to action.

China's Biggest Bank "Not a Mercenary" in Africa

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

If ICBC declines to fund Gibe 3, China's biggest bank will demonstrate that it respects international environmental standards in its funding decisions.

Stiglitz: It's 'Absolutely Clear' U.S. Needs A Second Round Of Stimulus

Bloomberg | Michael Heath and Rishaad Salamat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz said the U.S. economy faces an "anemic recovery" and the government will need to enact another round ...

Turning Chauffeurs into Entrepreneurs

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Last week, Chris Blattman asked if philanthropy is killing business in Africa, citing the trend of big-time aid hijacking the workforce of the countries in which it operates.

The Yemen Challenge

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

Yemen is in trouble. A worrying mix of security-related and economic crises has the potential to destabilize the country.