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Three-Quarters Of World Bank-Backed Projects Still Don't Evaluate Climate Risks: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The World Bank is still failing to take climate change into account as it makes decisions about the projects it finances, according to a...

A Tough Job: Tackling Poverty and Fragility in Afghanistan

Borany Penh | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Borany Penh

While the country's uncertain landscape presents new and evolving challenges, even a child (of war) can see the importance of our continued work to address poverty and fragility in Afghanistan. None of this will be easy to undertake but it is a job well worth finishing.

The Supreme Court Are the Lead Architects of the Next Financial Collapse

David Fagin | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
David Fagin

By ruling this week that there are no limits regarding private campaign contributions, the Republican majority of the Supreme Court have taken another brazen step in an almost mind-bogglingly deliberate attempt at eviscerating whatever roadblocks remain on the way to total corporate governance.

Sanitation And Water For All -- Because We Must

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

'Sanitation and water for all' is more than a title. It is a goal that is both morally right and unquestionably necessary.

China's "New Urbanization" Needs to Be Inclusive and Sustainable

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 05.26.2014 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

If managed well, urbanization can create enormous opportunities: allowing innovation and new ideas to emerge, saving energy, land and natural resources, managing climate and the risk of disasters. Globally, almost 80 percent of GDP is generated in cities. It will be difficult for any country to reach middle-income status and beyond without getting urbanization right. Urbanization creates opportunities. But cities also consume around 70 percent of the world's energy and account for nearly 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

On a Global Stage, Women Are a Disruptive Force for Good

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Alexia Parks

"Our young women need better role models than Kim Kardashian." An African woman living in Uganda said this to me via SKYPE while I was sitting in a coffeehouse in California.

'Deglobalization' Is the Way to Reduce Inequality

Pablo Solon | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Pablo Solon

Globalization causes inequality for various reasons. Inequality corresponds with greater economic uncertainty, lower investment and high social tensions and political instability. If globalization drives inequality, what are the remedies?

Preventing Disabilities: A Collective Responsibility

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Poverty and disability form a vicious cycle. People with disabilities are more likely to end up poor. Poverty increases a person's vulnerability to disabilities and disabilities increase a person's vulnerability to poverty. This vicious cycle must be broken.

One Year In: The Joyful Surprise of Pope Francis

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Today the world celebrates Pope Francis' first year. Notice I didn't say the church is celebrating, but the world. His popularity has moved beyond Catholics to Christians of all kinds, believers from other faith traditions, agnostics, and the "nones," who are very drawn to this pope who emphasizes love and simple living.

The One, Two Punch of Being Anti-Gay

Deena Fidas | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Deena Fidas

First a reputation stain, then the pocketbook strains. That's what lawmakers the world over learned to expect recently when efforts to penalize LGBT people move forward.

Dr. Kim's World Bank Legacy Hinges on Kosovo Climate Test

Justin Guay | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

When it comes to making decisions that test their willingness to build climate legacies, President Obama has the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and Dr. Kim has a massive coal plant in Kosovo.

Testimony: Record 36 Percent of North Dakota Fracked Gas Was Flared in December

Steve Horn | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

So, what's being wasted? Not just methane gas, but also "rich [and] valuable natural gas liquids like propane and butane [which are] about the last gas you would want to flare," according to Logan's testimony.

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.02.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

Can a Hollywood Bad Boy Do Good?

Denise Mattson | Posted 04.26.2014 | Celebrity
Denise Mattson

As the first major step in his Haiti mission is completed, he has emerged a statesman. It's a role that becomes him.

Will Japan End Its International Isolation on Overseas Coal Lending?

Justin Guay | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Co-Authored by Bob Burton, CoalSwarm As an ever-expanding number of international financial institutions restrict their support for new coal plants...

Out of the Shadows

John Bridgeland | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Those with intellectual and developmental disabilities number in the hundreds of millions, yet they too often live in the shadows of society. Subject to stigma, prejudice, shame, and abuse, they are often denied access to food, school, health care, and social integration.

Jeremy Grantham: Tar Sands to Become a Stranded Asset

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that our planet is "perilously close" to a dangerous tipping point which will usher in "mercile...

World Bank Hands Africa's Biggest Dam Project Over to the Private Sector

Peter Bosshard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Working with a Chinese company, the Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as a public project. This is bad news for poor people and the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

How Youth Saved Bananas in Uganda

Ravi Kumar | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

This is a classic example of youth using technology to help themselves and their communities to avert what might have become a national challenge.

Clouds Over Honduras

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Honduras' new president, Juan Orlando Hernández, took office on January 27. However, given ongoing questions about his victory in November's election, the legitimacy of Hernández's presidency remains in doubt.

A Lesson for Dr. Kim and the World Bank as It Ponders the Kosovo Coal Project

Justin Guay | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

As Dr. Kim and the World Bank prepare for the Kosovo project there is one question that Kosovars should be asking: Is the World Bank willing to pay for the costs of the inevitable overrun, or like the Slovenians, will the citizens of Kosovo be stuck with the check?

Rules and Tools for Africa's Growth

Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business
Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa

The success of Africa's integration will be based on the full cooperation between political leaders, citizens and a unified mission for sustainable and inclusive growth for all. The laws and regulations are increasingly in place, now action is left to the people.

World Bank: "Governments Must Put a Price on Pollution"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

It's time for other nations to follow suit. And, while disputes over who should bear the brunt of cuts will continue, each and every nation must step up to the plate. This is a global problem which requires a global solution.

Winners of Globalization: The Rich and The Chinese Middle Class. Losers: The American Middle Class

Branko Milanovic | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Branko Milanovic

The period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Great Recession saw the profoundest reshuffle of individual incomes on the global scale since the Industrial revolution.

Congress Takes Landmark Decision for Rivers and Rights

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank is eager to re-engage in large dam projects around the world, and other financiers are following in its wake. The US Congress has now poured cold water on these plans.