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USA Closed for Overseas Coal Business

Justin Guay | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Phillip Bump at The Atlantic Wire summed up yesterday's climate speech by the president nicely: "Less Coal, Finally." From throwing his weight behind ...

A Day of Service and a Call to Action

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

In our increasingly globalized world, the value of public service is higher than ever, and its impact more widespread. As illustrated by its title alo...

Dr. Kim's Deadly New Coal Plant?

Justin Guay | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

That's a headline I never imagined I'd write. Those who follow the World Bank have grown painfully accustomed to ample rhetoric followed by limited re...

We Can Still Avoid a Climate Catastrophe

Aaron Gray-Block | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Aaron Gray-Block

In reading these gloomy and dire predictions through, it's possible to think that the catastrophic future described by the World Bank is inevitable. This is far from the truth - there is still time to turn the tide and keep global warming within manageable limits.

Report Highlights Climate-Poverty Link

AP | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The World Bank says it will increasingly view its efforts to help developing countries fight poverty through a "climate lens." ...

How Free Trade Might Be the World's Best Option

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 08.16.2013 | Business
Bjørn Lomborg

British Prime Minister David Cameron has rightly put free trade on the top of the G8 agenda. It is possibly one of the best ways we could help the world foster economic prosperity and development.

World Bank Employing Youth Engagement Strategies

Ravi Kumar | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Students in a technical education program supported by the World Bank in Antioquia, Colombia. Last week I spoke at YouthTalks, the annual flagship ...

Why Development in the 21st Century Must Be Centered on Nature and Local Communities

Jean-Michel Sévérino | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Jean-Michel Sévérino

If the world is to achieve sustainable development, it must place conservation at the core of poverty alleviation and economic growth policies.

A Great Lakes Roadmap for Peace -- and Development

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Several officials in the DRC told the Secretary-General and me the same line: "We are a rich country with the poorest people." What they didn't say was that the DRC is a rich country with people thirsty for peace.

Kerry's Financial Plan for Palestine Unlikely to work

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

During the Israeli reoccupation of major Palestinian cities in 2002, the Israeli army took over the building that was housing Al Quds University's Edu...

World Bank Whistleblower Reveals Massive Corruption

Kevin Lawton | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Kevin Lawton

You need to know about this woman! Former Senior Counsel to the World Bank, Karen Hudes, unleashed recent interviews that should shatter any remainin...

Grand Inga -- The World Bank's Latest Silver Bullet for Africa

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

Close to 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live in a state of permanent power outage. The Grand Inga Dam would divert the Congo River near its mouth and meet the electricity needs of more than 500 million people.

In Africa's Great Lakes Region, Peace Dividend Must Follow Peace Deal

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Africa's Great Lakes region can silence the guns, boost trust and trade between neighbors, educate millions of out-of-school children, empower women, and create economic opportunities that will help the countries forge a path to prosperity, good governance, and lasting stability.

Eating As Though the Environment Mattered

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

Every time we eat meat, it's as though we're throwing away 6-20 calories worth of grains and legumes for every calorie we take in. Plus, we're contributing to exponentially more water use, desertification, air pollution, global warming, global poverty, and more.

My Country Is Not A Lost Cause

Ravi Kumar | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Ravi Kumar

In the late 1990s, my parents and neighbors used to talk about how our fellow Nepalis were killing each other, or how our government was unstable, or ...

Why GDP Growth Won't Fix Our Poverty Problem

Michael Shank | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Michael Shank

The financial institutions' focus on generating economic growth without ensuring the concomitant increase in jobs, and the inequality this generates, is partly to blame for the waning public support for global economic integration.

Shared Prosperity Needs More Face to Face Engagement, Not Just Online

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

I am not saying that they do not exist, but one may wonder why the UAE, Palestine, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, and Jordan did not have civil society organization representatives participating.

Why Empowering Girls Is Key To Ending Poverty

Ravi Kumar | Posted 06.21.2013 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Sokha, a skinny orphan girl in Cambodia used to pick through garbage to survive. But thanks to series of events, she was able to enroll in school and ...

'Just Jobs Index' Launches: What the IMF, World Bank and G20 Won't Discuss

Michael Shank | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

While the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the G20 meets in Washington DC this weekend to discuss economic growth, a completely differe...

Kosovo Activists Project No Coal on World Bank Building

Justin Guay | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

You would think the choice to reject dirty energy projects would be easy, given the rhetoric coming from the Bank and its president, Dr. Kim, on the need to fight climate change. But talk is cheap, and Kosovars are sick of the World Bank talking clean but acting dirty.

Putting Climate at the Heart of the Economy: Could Korea Be the Key Player in a New Global Economy?

Emanuel Pastreich | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
Emanuel Pastreich

Developing nations see much to benchmark in Korea in terms of infrastructure, government and technology -- precisely because Korea is not so far from where they are now. Korea is a middle power that could succeed where others have failed.

Africa's Economic Growth To Outpace Global Average

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact

* Region's average growth seen accelerating to over 5 pct * African poverty coming down, but more action needed * Invest...

Egypt's Looming Famine and America's Grain Bounty

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Along with this new focus and responsibility, it is also high time that the nation establishes a Strategic Grain Reserve much in keeping with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Time for the World Bank to Stop Funding Climate Change

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

It is way past time for the World Bank Group to change course and invest in clean energy instead of fossil fuels. There are clean energy alternatives literally popping up all over the place.

Off-grid Clean Energy Demands Social Bankability

Justin Guay | Posted 04.02.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Public money is increasingly hard to come by and the World Bank keeps using it to follow the lending practices of the past, rather than fulfilling its mission which is to forge a credit pathway to the systems of the future. There are literally one billion reasons to change course. So Dr. Kim, what will it be?