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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.

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...