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'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...

Kate Sheppard

Changes At World Bank Spark Worry About Role Of Social Development

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At its annual meeting last week, the World Bank Group announced major reorganization plans, along with a $400 million budget cut. The sh...

Entrepreneurship Can Empower Foster Youth to Beat the Odds

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

In normal day-to-day life, U.S. (and international) foster kids are just trying to survive, but they must learn how to thrive in order to beat the odds. I believe learning entrepreneurship can help foster youth become successful, productive citizens.

Manuel Zelaya's Economy: The Other Side of the Coin

Marco Cáceres | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

President Zelaya's heart may have been in the right place, but he wasn't governing; he was simply handing out cash that would eventually have to be paid back by a future government or force a future president to yet again travel around the world begging for forgiveness.

'She Could Be Your Daughter' #DayOfTheGirl

Jamira Burley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jamira Burley

The Day of the Girl is a way for everyone to do their part and demand more, so that no classroom door is ever closed on a girl, so that no girl is married off before her 15th birthday and so that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

To Finance the World's Infrastructure, We Need a New Asset Class

Kevin Lu | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Kevin Lu

A sizeable, global infrastructure platform like the Global Infrastructure Facility could make use of public and private capital and that has the ability to combine funding, knowledge, advisory services and credibility would play a catalytic role for this new asset class to emerge and to be further defined.

World Bank Moves Up Deadline For Ending Extreme Poverty By 10 Years

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said on Wednesday the global develo...

Why Young People Are Ready To Fight Climate Change

Ravi Kumar | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Ravi Kumar

In March 2011, when I got out of the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, I was excited. It was my first trip home since I had left Nepal in 2007 to pursue ...

Why the World Bank Continues to Fund Environmental Destruction

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Peter Bosshard

If the Chad-Cameroon pipeline is a prism, what is wrong with the World Bank's approach? A new book by Bruce Rich, a veteran Bank observer and critic, provides a compelling answer.

Urban Mining: Attero Poised to Disrupt e-Waste Recycling

Alice Korngold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

How does a laptop heading for the trash end up spawning one of The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in India? Rohan Gupta, co-founder of Attero, turned his search for what to do with his old laptop into a company that is trying to radically change how electronic waste is managed globally.

Mal Warwick and Paul Polak Outline the Business Solution to Poverty

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
BJ Gallagher

One of the things I love about blogging for The Huffington Post is that it gives me the opportunity to interview smart people with good ideas who have...

Let's Be the Generation That Ends Poverty

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

You might not believe it, but extreme poverty is in retreat. If the world can avoid becoming complacent and keep momentum on the side of the poor, there's a real opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation -- this generation.

Reading Lean In in Jordan

Merissa Khurma | Posted 11.27.2013 | Women
Merissa Khurma

it was somewhat reassuring that Facebook's COO has stumbled upon gender-driven bends and turns that are alarmingly familiar to my own personal experience.

The End of Poverty, Soon

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Today, more and more people are dreaming of a world free of poverty. Are these errant dreams as the world barrels toward more confusion, conflict and climate change, or is there something substantial in the recent wave of high-level interest in the idea?

Kate Sheppard

World Bank Defies Its Own Coal Policy, Aiding Massive Indonesia Power Plant, Environmental Group Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

World Bank Group units are aiding the development of a new coal-fired power plant in Indonesia, despite a new bank policy discouraging support for coa...

Democracy Sees Off Investors, For Now

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

To the dismay of politicians and executives alike, Indians have stalled hundreds of billions of dollars worth of projects by refusing to surrender the necessary natural resources.

Boom, Bust and the Indian Economy

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

With elections due in mid-2014, India's politicians are temporarily more mindful of angry voters than of miffed investors. After that, it will be business as usual.