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How to assist fragile countries challenged by weak governance

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 28, 2010. The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the headlin...

World Bank Puts A Price On Nature

Yahoo! News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The World Bank on Thursday launched a program to help nations put a value on nature just like GDP in a bid to stop the destruction of forests, wetland...

World Bank Feeding Repression in Ethiopia

Ben Rawlence | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Rawlence

Donors fear that if they push Ethiopia too hard, it may turn toward China's no-strings money. But continuing to write checks in the face of Ethiopia's increasing authoritarianism runs counter to donors' own policies, which state that human rights are central to sustainable development.

Apps for Development, not Destruction (VIDEO)

Kate Otto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kate Otto

The World Bank recently launched the "Apps for Development Competition" in order to connect the word's best and the brightest minds at the intersection of software development and poverty-alleviation efforts.

Ending World Hunger for the Price of a Burger

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

While world coffers grew from a mere $1.35 trillion dollars in 1960 to over $60 trillion today, the number of empty stomach reached record levels. Tod...

Access to Information at the World Bank: The First 99 Days

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chad Dobson

Co-authored by Rebecca Harris October 7th marked the 99th day of implementation of the World Bank's revised Policy on Access to Information. Civil ...

Rigorous Impact Evaluation Is Not a Luxury: Scrutinizing the Millennium Villages

Michael Clemens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Clemens

Africans have urgent needs, but they have urgent needs for things that work, and many of them have been disappointed by well-intended outsiders in the past.

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.