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World Bank Funds Gets Record $52 Billion In Pledges To Aid World's Poorest Countries

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Rich and emerging-market nations agreed to commit a record $52 billion over three ye...

Kate Sheppard

Another International Lender Pledges No More Coal

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Export-Import Bank has joined the growing list of international financial institutions that will no longer finance coal project...

Lessons From the Past: Securing Land Rights in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Yuliya Neyman

In America, land ownership is usually well-documented and formalized. We own deeds to our land, and have clear legal ways to sell it, rent it or otherwise transfer it. But that's not the case in many countries, including in the Philippines.

A New Approach to the Global Power Crisis

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Peter Bosshard

Development finance has focused on big power plants that destroy the environment and bypass the rural poor. This week civil society groups are making a push for a new approach to the global energy crisis.

World Cadillac Desert

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Cadillac Desert is an extraordinary book. It summarizes how the federal government, doing the bidding of large farmers, manipulated water: capturing it and bringing it through concrete rivers, sometimes hundreds of miles long, to where it would irrigate the desert and make it bloom.

The Promise of Financial Inclusion

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Half the world's adults, approximately 2.5 billion individuals, do not have an account with a formal financial institution. Lack of access to finance is disproportionately skewed towards the poor, women, youth, and rural residents.

The Private Sector and Poverty: Harnessing Firepower, Recognizing Limits

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Jobs, innovation, wealth creation: the private sector has great potential to pull people out of poverty. And as developing countries open their doors to greater trade and investment, the reach, influence and impact of private companies grows.

Philanthropists of the Year: PRIYANKA CHOPRA

Abhishek Seth | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Abhishek Seth

One of most gorgeous women on the planet, Priyanka Chopra, for the longest time, aspired to become either a criminal psychologist, or a software engineer. The other day, I sat down with her, and talked to her about Lady Gaga, UNICEF, Solar Power, and Rape.

Calling All Village Infrastructure Angels

Justin Guay | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

While it's potentially clean energy's next big market, off grid clean tech suffers from an acute lack of finance. That's the barrier to ramping up e...

Kosovo Coal Plant Fails President Obama's Climate Plan Test

Justin Guay | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

President Obama made a pledge in his Climate Action Plan to lead in the fight against climate disruption when he announced an end to financing for n...

Why We Need to Move From Coal to Natural Gas

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

We must better control the level of methane being released from the current technology employed in hydraulic fracturing extraction of natural gas from shale deposits. We have the technology to minimize fugitive emissions of methane. We must implement the required real-time monitoring and control technology.

Can Young People Make Government More Accountable?

Ravi Kumar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ravi Kumar

On a rainy Friday morning during the first week of this month, a young woman got on the stage of the auditorium in Queen Elizabeth Conference Center...

PHOTOS: What If The Poor Weren't Marginalized?

Sue Pleming | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sue Pleming

The idea of "financial inclusion" can seem abstract or difficult to comprehend until you put a human face on it. The picture gallery below does just t...

In Poland Christiana Figueres Must Tell the World To Move Beyond Coal

Justin Guay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Imagine going to the lung doctor, opening the door to the operation room and finding a cigarette salesman waiting for you. That's exactly the greet...

Yes, Now Would Be The Time: World Bank Considering Increasing Grants To Poor In Philippines

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The World Bank is considering increasing cash grants for the poor in the Philippines after the island nation was hit ...

Kate Sheppard

This Power Plant Embodies The World Bank's Fossil Fuel Dilemma

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A World Bank-backed coal plant in South Africa is seeking to delay the implementation of pollution controls, a request that is raising n...

'Women's Bonds' Represent New Trends In Social Finance, Fighting Poverty

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The World Bank on Wednesday said its private sector arm issued about $165 million in ...

Obama Halted NSA Spying On World Bank Headquarters

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping...

Treasury Department to Stop Supporting U.S. Funding for Overseas Coal Projects

Jake Schmidt | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

These guidelines mean that the U.S. will have to vote no on using U.S. funding for coal projects that lead to more climate change. With clean energy booming around the world these banks should be focused on how to build more wind, solar, and energy efficiency -- not more coal projects.

Kate Sheppard

Treasury Issues New Guidance On Funding Coal Plants Abroad

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department issued new guidance on Tuesday that makes it even more clear that the Obama administration will no longer approv...

The Carbon Bubble, Carbon Budget and Canada's Tar Sands

Daniel Kessler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Daniel Kessler

For Canada, it means that an over-reliance on the tar sands as an economic drive is a huge risk if the world ever regulates greenhouse gas emissions. It doesn't make a ton of sense to build your economy around a product that can't be sold or used.

Dr. Kim Sweeps World Bank Policy Violations on Controversial Tata Mundra Coal Plant Under the Rug

Justin Guay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Justin Guay

Photo courtesy of Joe Athialy, Bank Information Center Just a few short months ago the World Bank got itself on the right side of history by placin...

The True Meaning of United Nations

ZP Heller | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
ZP Heller

On UN Day, the international community looks inward, celebrating the anniversary of when the United Nations Charter first took effect in 1945. Yet more and more, the UN appears to be focusing outward as it tackles the world's most pressing development issues.

Don't Mind the Cold -- It's Still Getting Hotter

Mattias Wallander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mattias Wallander

What's the explanation for so many Americans becoming prisoners of the moment and ignoring strong scientific trends and the scientific community? Can a cool summer day or cloudy weekend really sway public opinion this much?

A Woman's Work: Powering Up in the MENA Region

Leena Al Olaimy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Leena Al Olaimy

The Middle East and North Africa region represents a wildly diverse variety of cultures, customs, religions and political groups. And the relationship...