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

Branko Milanovic | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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.

World Bank's Lending Arm Linked To Deadly Honduras Conflict

Kate Woodsome | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The World Bank's private lending arm failed to apply its own ethical standards in disbursing millions of dollars to a palm oil company accused of turn...

Should International Aid to CSOs End After Graduation?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

The economic and political development of the country does not necessarily lead to the development of its philanthropic sector. But what can be done in a time when the need for Western support across the globe far exceeds the availability of funds?

Sustainable City Building

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...

Total Quality Schooling

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

John Simmons tells a story about a nine year-old boy named Jesse who had some bar charts he wanted John to see. He was a student in one of Chicago's t...

This Country Pledged The Most To World Bank Fund For Poor

Reuters | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Britain was the largest grant donor to the World Bank's fund for poor countries in t...

Econocide by Carbon

William S. Becker | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
William S. Becker

The international community is on a runaway coal train, the train is speeding toward a terrible wreck, and there appears to be no way to stop it. That...

Is Carbon Pricing a Diversion From the Real Story?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

One of the more solid tenets of Big Oil dogma has always been that carbon pricing, whether a straightforward tax or a market-based cap-and-trade system, is terrible and conservatives must stand in unison against it.

How to Employ 865 Million Women

Nasim Novin | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Nasim Novin

These women represent a powerful resource for driving economic growth and development. Yet the underuse of women's talents and skills is holding many countries back.

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...