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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.

The Democratization of Aid

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

When I left the World Bank to start GlobalGiving, we tried to implement a simple idea: if you can effect change in governments and economies, you'll naturally reduce poverty and improve lives.

Glimmers of Hope on HIV

Isobel Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isobel Coleman

Today, in the nine hardest-hit African countries, young women are about three times as likely as young men to be HIV positive. Two recent studies offer some hope.

Is There Discrimination at the World Bank?

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Is there discrimination at the World Bank? I had no notion of this until my African colleagues made me aware. Reading over the information provided to me, I was shocked at the dreadfully low number of black employees and job candidates.

BRIC and Beyond: Economies That Will Shape the 21st Century

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Goldman Sachs has proposed 15 candidates for countries whose economies may be major players in the world economy by 2050. Here's where the issue of having quality metrics appears.

If We Show Them, Will They Care?

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Participants in this month's International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) meeting in Paris agreed to provide more responsive, detailed and tran...

Haiti: Six Months After the Earthquake

Sarah Cliffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Cliffe

Haiti was on a slow road to recovery when the quake hit. For many Haitians their nation's double tragedy is far from over. Although there are signs of hope and improvement.

Risk Management

Laura Liswood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Liswood

Often the issue of the empowerment of women and girls is seen as an equity argument. It is the right thing to do; a human right thing to do. But it is also a matter of risk management.

Haiti: Human foundation key to recovery

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

Haiti has rarely been a country that makes the news for the right reasons. But six months ago the whole world's attention was focused on this small C...