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Are EU Bankers Trying To Increase Unemployment In Greece?

Dimitri B. Papadimitriou | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou

An international dialogue should begin now. It might open with an invitation to the Troika: Explain why Greece should not start a jobs guarantee policy today.

World Bank's Environmental Injustice in South Africa

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Two weeks ago on the side-lines of the U.S-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., World Bank President Kim used the metaphor of an "almost energy apartheid" to validate the move to fund more coal-fired energy infrastructure in Africa. The metaphor was mistaken; both figuratively and literally.

How to Stop Ebola -- and the Next Outbreak

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

We will be able to stop Ebola in the coming weeks and months. But that is not the end of the story. Will we also build a strong enough health system to stop the next outbreak? We believe that it is a moral and economic imperative to do so, and all of us must work toward that goal.

World Bank Reports on Actions Against Corrupt Corporations

Frank Vogl | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business
Frank Vogl

A radical transformation has taken place at the World Bank when it comes to going after crooked firms. Two decades ago, the Bank refused to acknowledge the corruption issue. Now, this has changed.

All Eyes on Sustainable Africa

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

One solution, as it came out of from the summit and should be further strengthened, tested, discussed and implemented in other world regions is public-private partnerships.

On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

Justin Guay | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Costly Coal: IMF Shows Why Coal Is Not Cheap

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Energy use is critical for any development, but it can also result in excessive environmental and social negative effects, bearing huge costs to the economy.

The World Bank Can't Sacrifice the Poor to Stay in the Game

David Pred | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
David Pred

Make no mistake, the world's poorest and most vulnerable people -- the very people the bank has pledged to work for -- are the ones who will suffer if these draft safeguards are adopted.

Climate Change and the Meat on Your Plate

Julia Orr | Posted 10.04.2014 | Green
Julia Orr

If people truly were concerned about global climate change and the environment then ignoring the horrific impacts of animal agriculture let alone the inherent cruelty involved is ... well, alarming and more than a little foolish.

The World Bank's New Environmental And Social Policies Fail To Tackle Climate Change

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The world's poorest, supposedly the "beneficiaries" of World Bank projects, should not have to settle for displacement, violation of human rights, environmental destruction, and exacerbation of climate change in the name of "development.

Kate Sheppard

World Bank Faces Pushback Over Leaked Safeguards

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -– The World Bank has been working to update safeguards intended to ensure that development projects it backs don’t hurt people or the ...

Saving Mothers In Afghanistan: Progress, Challenges And The Road Ahead

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Afghanistan has once again been labelled one of the worst places in the world to be a mother. According to UNICEF, a woman dies every two hours due to complications during pregnancy in Afghanistan.

Here's Why We Definitely Approve Of This Bill Gates, John Green Bromance

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

If there ever were a selfie to feel excited about, it's this one of Bill Gates and John Green. The author behind "The Fault In Our Stars" -- which...

Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Michael Winship | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

No, this is not some Game of Thrones spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster.

Racial Discrimination Continues at the Development Banks Hobbling Efforts to Meet the MDGs in 2015

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Bea Edwards

While no one is claiming that the goals have actually been reached, indications are that the reported progress is significantly overstated. This sleight of hand is accomplished statistically by making the truly vulnerable and poor populations disappear into a larger pool of data collected on a macro scale from the better-off.

New BRICS Bank a Building Block of Alternative World Order

Parag Khanna | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Parag Khanna

The "New Development Bank" announced in Fortaleza this week marks the launch of a collective lending platform steered exclusively by the BRICS countries. With an authorized capital of $100 billion, it could lend up to $34 billion per year. It is not an understatement to say that this is a new kind of bank for a new world order. For the first time in history, infrastructure spending consistently exceeds military expenditure.

Combating Desertification in the Post-2015 Agenda

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Land degradation and subsequent desertification are becoming some of the most pressing development issues. It is estimated that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost in the last 40 years due to soil erosion.

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

World Bank Poised to Deny Africa's Indigenous Peoples Their Rights

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

The fight over indigenous peoples' rights in Africa is much larger than the World Bank, where its Indigenous Peoples Policy is applied infrequently. The greatest danger comes instead from the World Bank's image, for good or ill, as a global standard-setter.

BRICS Nations To Form Bank To Rival World Bank, IMF

AP | SILVIO IZQUIERDO | Posted 07.16.2014 | World

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — The leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit Tuesday that they gave final agreement to creating their own de...

World Bank Environmental Safeguards In Need Of Updating

Reuters | Anna Yukhananov | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in de...

The World Bank Just Made Lagos' Poorest Poorer

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Badia communities are demanding justice. The least the World Bank can do is implement its own policies.

The Rights of the Down Trodden

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Development isn't just about constructing roads, markets, school and proving electricity and schools, it's also about ensuring that the poorest of the people are well catered for.

Princeton's Haitian Taxi-Driving Entrepreneurs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

"I was born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a free man." - François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture As one who believes passionately i...

America Is Number One, Always

Blake Henderson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

Let me start off by saying that I don't really care for numbers. Never have. But there's one number that I know in my heart to be true: that America is number one.