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What Does the Informal Sector Mean for Global Economic Growth?

John Sullivan | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
John Sullivan

The informal sector -- those businesses and entrepreneurs who work outside of the formal market economy -- is huge and largely undocumented in most developing economies.

Global Alliance to Fight Toxic Pollution

Ben Barber | Posted 10.10.2012 | Green
Ben Barber

The Global Alliance for Health and Pollution (GAHP) aims to work together to protect the health of over one hundred million people in poor countries who are at risk from toxic pollution.

A Healthy China Is an Essential for Global Prosperity

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 10.10.2012 | Business
Dr Mark Britnell

I strongly believe that we all have something to teach and something to learn in approaches to the global challenges facing health professionals. Sharing information and examples of good practice will be key to whether the ongoing reforms in China will be judged a success.

A History Of The Rate That Everyone Is Rigging

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2012 | Business

By Kirstin Ridley and Huw Jones LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Minos Zombanakis, born 86 years ago on a Greek island, remem...

One Reason Behind India's Blackout: World Bank Policies and Neoliberalism

Daphne Wysham | Posted 10.02.2012 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Half of India's population -- one-tenth of the planet's people -- lost power completely this week, with a blackout covering most of north India's highly populated states. What was the reason for the blackout?

Abdulaziz Sadeq Spearheads Kuwait's National Youth Project Media Campaign

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.27.2012 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Kuwait's youth are hoping to steer the country in the right direction through participation in an advisory body tasked with helping to set official policies.

Jobs as a Scorecard

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Despite a somewhat gloomy prognosis for the near future, emerging and other developing countries still have a great potential to "switch over," and in the mid-term, consolidate their position as the new engines of global economic growth.

We Can End AIDS Redux

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.23.2012 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Attending the opening session of the 19th International AIDS Conference was worth it. For two reasons (not including Sharon Stone). First, I got to hear what was said, and then more importantly, I got to hear what wasn't.

We Can End AIDS

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.20.2012 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Ending the suffering from AIDS is possible in our lifetime. To know it's possible, one need only to see how the investment and the life-saving treatments and drugs that followed it have stalled a once booming coffin making business in Southern Africa.

"Development" With Blinders at the World Bank

Jessica Evans | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Jessica Evans

Dr. Kim has the opportunity to set a new tone at the Word Bank by sending a firm message that the bank will not condone development by force, directly or indirectly.

Is Europe as Unequal as the U.S.?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 09.09.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Europe is the land of generous social programs with not as much inequality as in the U.S., right? If the European Union (EU) is taken as a single country, economic data show that the EU and the U.S. have similar levels of inequality.

Angela Merkel Is No Alexander Hamilton: The EU Crisis Isn't Over

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 09.07.2012 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

Be prepared for bad news from Europe for the rest of the year. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being asked to represent her country, and Europe as a whole. She simply cannot do both.

Donors Offer $16 Billion In Afghanistan Aid

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 09.07.2012 | World

TOKYO — International donors offered $16 billion in development aid for Afghanistan on Sunday to show there will not be a mass exodus from the c...

Why it Matters That 15 Women in Rural Bangladesh Have Pictures of Me in Their Phones

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 09.05.2012 | World
Dr Layla McCay

When I asked the women I met in rural Bangladesh how many owned phones, most did. But when I probed on what they used them for, the answer was calling and photos.

Robert Zoellick: "Getting Stuff Done" at the World Bank and Beyond

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 07.10.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Last Friday was Robert B. Zoellick's last day as president of the World Bank Group. While he may leave many legacies behind, perhaps one that stands out is embodied in his commencement address for RAND Graduate School: "Getting Stuff Done."

The World Bank's Chance to Clean Up Its Coal Act

Michael Brune | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

We have an opportunity to make international coal development a relic of the past, and one man is in the unique position to do this: the World Bank's new president, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

Drugging Development

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.29.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Drug trafficking is nothing new. But with the current levels of violence we are seeing, its effects on society and economic activity are staggering.

Women, Aging and Economic Growth

Michael Hodin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

When President Obama went down to sunny Cabo for the G20, he missed an opportunity to show the world how the lessons from the women's movement can solve the world's economic woes.

Procrastination Is Costly, Action Is Priceless

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Haven't similar experiences in the debt crises of the 1980's, Russia in 1998, and Argentina in 2001 taught us that waiting too long to restructure in situations of clear insolvency can be more costly in the end?

Development Banks Vow $175 Billion For Clean Transport

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green

By Valerie Volcovici RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Reuters Point Carbon) - The world's eight largest development banks said on Wednesday th...

Ethiopia: Pastoralists Forced off Their Land for Sugar Plantations

Human Rights Watch | Posted 08.18.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

Watch this video about abuses against the indigenous peoples of Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government is forcibly d...

World Bank Chief: Countries Need To Prepare For Eurozone Uncertainty

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2012 | Business

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - Developing nations must be ready for a severe global financial crisis should the euro zone fail to cope with its current...

Sewing Success: How Textile Jobs Help Reduce Poverty

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.14.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

For millions of poor, unskilled workers, textile manufacturing is a gateway to start getting out of poverty.

Bucking the Trend: Poverty Reduction and Inequality in Latin America

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Interestingly, this phenomenon -- mobility out of poverty accompanied by higher income concentrations and persistent inequality -- is evident in all regions of the world, with the exception of one: Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

This Time, The US Should Learn From Latin America

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 08.07.2012 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Latin American multinationals are becoming world players - no longer content to be mere primary-good exporters as in the past, they are staking claims as major investors, launching projects and investing in local operations all over the globe.