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April 24, 2024

RealEcon
A Tricky Balance for Development Banks and the Developing World

The World Bank and IMF have concluded their spring meetings, but questions remain on China, lending capacity, and balancing the interests of rich and poor countries.

 President and CEO at Mastercard Ajay Banga (L) and CEO at the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva speak on stage at the 8th Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 7, 2017 in New York City.

March 4, 2024

Haiti
Haiti’s Troubled Path to Development

Hobbled by foreign interventions, political instability, and natural disasters, the former French colony is paralyzed by multiple crises.

A Haitian girl walks through a garbage-filled ravine in Port-au-Prince.

November 2, 2023

Global
What Are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The United Nation’s ambitious development agenda aims to protect people and the planet via seventeen goals. But experts say governments aren’t doing enough to implement them.

Students attend a lesson at a school in the Tillabéri region of Niger.

March 7, 2024

Women and Women's Rights
Abortion Law: Global Comparisons

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion for almost fifty years. How does regulation of abortion in the United States compare to that in th…

People hold signs in favor of abortion rights.

November 6, 2023

International Finance
The World Needs a Second Channel for Using SDRs

The multilateral development banks need to develop a second channel for mobilizing the world’s under-utilized special drawing rights (SDRs).

The 2023 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and IMF in Marrakech

October 31, 2023

Latin America
What Does the Inter-American Development Bank Do?

The Inter-American Development Bank aims to bolster economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean, but critics say reforms are needed.

A sign promotes the IDB Board of Governors meeting in Panama City, Panama, in March 2023.

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Mobilizing New Funds for Development and Climate Finance

The transition to clean energy fundamentally requires access to finance, as clean energy sources substitute capital for the use of fossil fuels. Private finance—cross border finance that is—is curren…

October 12, 2023

International Organizations
The World Bank Group’s Role in Global Development

Since its founding in 1944, the World Bank has evolved from a lender focused on European reconstruction to the preeminent international institution for economic development and poverty reduction.

A woman reads in front of a chalkboard in an outdoor classroom in Niger.

May 13, 2024

Taiwan
Taiwan’s Democracy Is Thriving in China’s Shadow

Despite China’s growing pressure, Taiwan has developed one of the world’s strongest democracies—one that will be increasingly tested in the coming years. 

Electoral workers count votes for a 2021 referendum at a ballot counting center in Taipei, Taiwan.

September 15, 2023

Sustainable Development Goals (UN)
A Vision for Sustainable Development With Linda Thomas-Greenfield

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield discusses the Sustainable Development Goals, avoiding the cynicism trap, and ways the United States and the United Nations can work toget…

Play Linda Thomas-Greenfield testifies on Capitol Hill