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October 8, 2013

International Organizations
Villagers line up for cooking oil donated by local businessmen in Myanmar. The World Bank Group

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

February 10, 2014

Development
Child-labour-Botue-Village-e1335833710371 Keep the World Bank Accountable

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Natalie Bridgeman Fields, fo…

May 9, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Catherine Powell with World Bank General Counsel Sandie Okoro. Gender-Based Violence and the Economy: A Conversation with World Bank Group General Counsel Sandie Okoro

Since becoming the World Bank Group General Counsel, Sandie Okoro has supported the World Bank’s initiative to address gender-based violence as part and parcel of economic development.

June 25, 2018

International Organizations
Picture shows the logo of AIIB on a stone in front of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank building on January 17, 2016 in Beijing, China. AIIB: Is the Chinese-led Development Bank a Role Model?

The following is a guest post from Tamar Gutner, associate professor of international relations at American University’s School of International Service, who is writing a book about the birth and des…

March 24, 2009

Brazil
Bank Burden Bank Burden

A few years ago, countries were seeking to expand their financial sector (move toward the left in the chart) in order to accelerate economic growth. But the crisis has made states more aware of the…

April 24, 2018

International Economic Policy
Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign excha…

May 7, 2015

Human Rights
Edited AC Rethinking Accountability at the World Bank

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Esq…

April 21, 2006

Global
The World Bank and Corruption

A decade after the World Bank mounted its first anticorruption campaign, the impact appears to have been minimal. Paul Wolfowitz, the bank’s new president, is seeking to reinvigorate the effort. But …

March 23, 2005

Capital Flows
Wolfowitz and the World Bank

Paul Wolfowitz looks to be heading toward the Presidency of the World Bank. He probably was not the first choice of anyone outside the US, not even the UK. But no one seems to see much of an upside…

June 14, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs July August 2018 Cover What Kind of World are We Living In?

“Life today seems like a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying something,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs. It seems as i…