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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.

Wrong Time for Congo Debt Forgiveness

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kerry Kennedy

Given the recent murder of Congolese human rights activist Floribert Chebeya, we should delay debt relief for the DRC pending an independent investigation, a delivery of justice and an improvement of the human rights situation.

Navigating the maze to peace

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This guest post was written by World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Justin Yifu Lin and originally appeared on the World Development R...

Jordan's Media Fails in Times of Economic Difficulties

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The government has recently taken some tough and painful economic policies. The media, for the most part, have been either silent or supportive, with a few voices of opposition here and there.

UN Says Poor Nations On Track To Cut Poverty

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS — The global economic crisis has slowed the fight against poverty but the developing world is still on track to meet a key U.N. g...

Making the International Monetary Fund Accountable to Human Rights

Radhika Balakrishnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Radhika Balakrishnan

Many of the policies required by the IMF -- in particular the conditionalities attached to loans -- imply that governments receiving IMF loans may have to violate their economic and social rights obligations.

A Hopeful Election in Guinea

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

At a moment in which the tide of global democracy is seemingly in reversal, it is heartening to note the enthusiasm with which many voters in Africa a...

US Senate, Bill Gates Give Planet a Middle Finger for Earth Day

Jill Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jill Richardson

Mother Nature does not work like a market: simply put, the world cannot shift to diets based on grain-fed meat.

Dancing With Davos: The World Bank and the IMF

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

The good guys are the free marketeers who reform, redesign and rebuild civilization at the World Economic Forum.

Does Corruption Create Poverty?

Walden Bello | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Walden Bello

The "anti poverty, anti-corruption" crusades that so enamor the middle classes and the World Bank will not meet the challenge of poverty. Bad economic policies create and entrench poverty.

Shattering Glass Walls at the Multilateral Development Banks

Janet Ranganathan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Janet Ranganathan

The development and environment communities must stop viewing their goals as separate or even at odds with each other.

Abandoning Justice for Power in South Africa

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

In a country that has broken so much ground for global human rights, the hurdle of climate justice remains insurmountable.

Unlocking World Bank Resources

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

2010 will be a very challenging and important year for global development. Nearly every multilateral development bank simultaneously has requested bil...

Haiti Offers Opportunity to Begin New Era for U.S. Foreign Assistance

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Samuel A. Worthington

The end goal should be a new era for foreign assistance; one that does not rely on Cold War-era rationales. Still, though, the window to enact lasting change is closing.

South Africa Needs Energy for Jobs and Economic Growth

Bjorn Stigson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bjorn Stigson

The need for traditional sources of energy for growth in developing countries combined with the ambitions to reduce global carbon emissions presents the world with a dual challenge.

Haitians Don't Deserve Our Sympathy

Michael Fairbanks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Fairbanks

Everyone in these Haiti meetings in Miami, Washington, and New York has a heart for the poor, but do they also have a mind for the poor?

Third World Term Should Be Retired, Says World Bank Head

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The head of the World Bank says it is time to stop using the term "Third World" to refer to developing countries and recognize they...

World Bank Awards $3.75 Billion to Coal Company in South Africa

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erich Pica

What would you do with $3.75 billion -- that is, if you had to use it to fund a project that alleviates poverty and mitigates climate change, and not to, say, purchase a personal tropical island?