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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.

How World Bank Plans To Eliminate Extreme Poverty By 2030

Reuters | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The World Bank, faced with a tight budget and greater competition for development f...

The World Bank Gets Serious About Pollution

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2013 | Green

OSLO, Sept 3 (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Tuesday it was planning "aggressive action" to help developing nations cut emissions of soot and oth...

Louisiana gives the green light to a publicly opposed coal terminal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This is an updated version of an Aug. 26, 2013 article in "The Louisiana Weekly.") On Friday, Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources gave RAM T...

Intrapreneurship Presents Solutions for MENA's Large Public Sector

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Intrapreneurship is characterized by the "start up" style of management, characterized by flexibility, innovation, and risk-taking. The objective is to circumvent bureaucracy and fast-track private sector development by harnessing or taking advantage of new opportunities and new processes or designs.

The New Black Philanthropy

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

The past is prologue when it comes to African diaspora giving. African giving practices are part of the country's founding and all its social movements.

A Decade of Aid Dependence in Liberia

Blair Glencorse | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Blair Glencorse

To give Liberia a better chance at overcoming its past and moving toward a more prosperous future, the international community must escape from its self-perpetuating cycle of underachievement.

Solar Crowdfunding's Lessons Learned

Justin Guay | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

We have two broken systems - energy and finance - which conspire to support a coal fired centralized grid that never reaches the poor while driving ...

Young People Will Invent Their Futures

Ravi Kumar | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Kelvin Doe found that batteries were too expensive for a project he was working on in 2009. He used acid, soda, and metal parts that he found in trash...

Setting the Tone for Transparency

Badr Jafar | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Badr Jafar

Until we develop a culturally-relevant and widely accepted concept of what constitutes poor corporate practice in a specific country or region, we cannot develop mechanisms that effectively promote good governance and stamp out corruption in that location.

All Eyes on EBRD, Will It Go Coal Free?

Justin Guay | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

All eyes on @EBRD. Time to Move #BeyondCoal. #coalfreeEBRD In case you missed it, the tectonic plates just shifted in the world of international fi...

How the World Bank Puts Self-interest Before Development

Peter Bosshard | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Peter Bosshard

If they are serious about promoting least-cost solutions to the world's energy and climate crisis, they need to redirect their funds towards institutions that are better equipped to support renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency improvements.

The Poor: An Endangered Species?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

More than a billion have been lifted out of poverty in the past twenty years; by 2030, the total number of poor people will be down to 200 million, with virtually none in China.

World Bank Should Get Its Money's Worth

Jessica Evans | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Jessica Evans

It is bewildering to think that one of the world's leading development agencies does not explicitly undertake to honor the obligation to respect international human rights law

The Climate Post: U.S. Energy Production Linked to Earthquakes

Tim Profeta | Posted 09.18.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

As U.S. production of crude oil continues to grow, new studies in the journal Science say the very methods used to extract the resource could be behin...

Meeting Goals to End Extreme Poverty Is Possible -- But Only When We Focus on Jobs, Jobs and Jobs

Bill Reese | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

We simply cannot eradicate extreme poverty without embracing broad-based and inclusive economic growth that directly focuses on youth and jobs. Here's why.

Young People Use Tech to End Violence Against Women in Nepal

Ravi Kumar | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

There were thunderstorms. There was a strike. And there was the hackathon to end violence against women -- all happening on the same day in Kathmandu, Nepal.

World Bank to Stop Funding Coal Projects

Jake Schmidt | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The World Bank Group has just agreed to stop funding coal projects. This is welcome news as the World Bank Group has funded almost $6 billion in coal projects over the past five years.

World Bank, Coal, and the Right Side of History

Justin Guay | Posted 09.09.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

The World Bank's proposal to end coal financing reflects 21st century realities - severe public health and climate change impacts associated with coal...

What Booming Philippines Can Learn From Turkey, Brazil Protests: Centrality of Inclusive Growth and Manufacturing

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The explosion in spontaneous protests should serve as a sobering reminder for rising economies such as the Philippines to avoid the mistakes of their more successful and prominent peers if they wish to move towards democratic deepening and full-fledged developed country status in the coming decades.

365 Days of Jim Yong Kim

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

In his first year at the helm of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim has put together a vision for wiping out extreme poverty and fighting inequality by 2030, begun to shift the Bank's health policy, and threw the Bank's influence behind ambitious efforts to combat climate change.

Alarmism At World Bank Endangers Poverty Reduction

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

A World Bank report details pretty much all bad things it can conjure from rising heat. It seems unwilling to list anything but worst case outcomes riding on the back of worst case scenarios.