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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...

Rebuilding Haiti: The Job Everybody and Nobody Wants

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

As civil society groups try to figure out where they fit into Haiti's quest for "development," movements for workers' rights are emerging as a counterweight to the aid agencies often associated with oppressive neo-imperialism.

Overcoming Cultural Barriers With Sound Economics

Sarah Cliffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Cliffe

Once economic necessity lowers cultural barriers, women can use the opportunity to renegotiate power relations within the household and the community.

"With G-20 Influence... Comes G-20 Responsibility"

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

The Group of Twenty (G-20), a world forum bringing established economic powers such as the United States and Japan together with emerging giants such ...

Macmillan UK Admits To Paying Bribes For Textbook Deal In Sudan

Reuters | Andrew Heavens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The World Bank said it had banned British publisher Macmillan from taking up its contracts for six years after the company said it paid bribes to secu...

Financial Reform: What Must Be Done

José Viñals | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
José Viñals

Though pressure is building from the financial industry to slow reform efforts -- and concerns about fiscal conditions risk drawing public and political energies away from the need to act -- we must seize this moment and implement broad financial reform soon.

Civil Society Lights the World Bank's Path to Clean Energy at Spring Meetings

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chad Dobson

Before approval of the World Bank's request for a $86.2 billion general capital increase, civil society should at least have a draft of an energy strategy in which the bank stops funding coal.

Liberia's Debt Relief Party

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

This week, Liberians celebrated in the streets. They weren't rejoicing over some recent triumph by the Liberian soccer team. The streets of Monrovia were overflowing because of debt relief.

Vuvuzela: Going Viral to Save Lives

Kari Stoever | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kari Stoever

The vuvuzela is quickly becoming the world's first viral instrument. I recommend we make it the international instrument of solidarity to prevent deaths from HIV/AIDS and TB.