- Technology and Finance: Darwinism or Symbiosis?
An open innovative mindset on the part of both banks and non-banks alike will be key to modernize the infrastructure of banking.
- Does India Really Need a Women-centric Bank?
With plenty of banks and microfinance services already available, does India's new bank have the right strategy to empower poor and rural women?
- Reducing Emissions Is a Sure Bet for Caesars Entertainment
As a member of the EDF Climate Corps, Scott Miller was able to squeeze even more efficiency out of the lights and fountains of Las Vegas.
- Beyond CSR: Doing Good Business
Recalibrating toward sustainable practices can be challenging and risky. Here are six steps for building a business with higher purpose.
- China's Ecological Pivot
The World Cultural Forum held this spring in Hangzhou witnessed what may be an epochal pivot by the Chinese leadership toward an ecological future.
- WEF Proposes a Public-Private United "Nations"
The United Nations faces further erosion of authority if the World Economic Forum gets its way on global governance.
- What the World Bank Does Not Understand About "Doing Business"
The World Bank's research on Doing Business fails to focus on the obstacles that matter most to entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
- Will Global Voluntarism Supersede Rule of Law?
The World Economic Forum is advocating a move toward coalitions of the willing and able for solving global problems. Will it work?
- Rethinking Development Finance for City "Slums"
The Asian Coalition for Community Action is challenging the top-down Big Aid funding model by providing small grants to low-income communities for the initiatives of their choosing.
- Banking on Themselves: Self-Help Groups Empower Poor Rural Women
Microfinance groups have helped the women of Chimbali village overcome the constraints of physical access to banks, lack of education, and social taboos to build vibrant lives.
- Tired of Waiting for a 21st Century Trade Agreement
A leaked version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reveals that the United States continues to buck a broad consensus in favor of allowing members to regulate global finance.
- Rio+20: The Key Issues
Was the real action at the Rio+20 summit outside the negotiating hall, where civil society could share ideas horizontally?
- Are Values a Lost Cause?
We are always alone with our values before we express them. Greg Smith bravely voiced his concerns when he resigned from Goldman Sachs. He was at a point of no return, but others can develop the skills to navigate tough choices within their organizations.
- Do World Bank Country Classifications Hurt the Poor?
The incoming World Bank president should create a more sophisticated system for classifying countries as low or middle income, using broad development indicators.
- U.S. Free Trade Agreement Won't Benefit Colombia
The now-official U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement will dampen growth and make it harder for Colombia to put in place policies for innovation and industrialization, writes Kevin Gallagher. Colombia will also have fewer tools to confront financial instability.
- Legislating Transparency in the Extractive Sector
The SEC has an opportunity to demonstrate that the United States takes transparency and accountability seriously and intends to act as a global leader in fostering secure, equitable, long-term resource partnerships with developing nations.
- Obama's Tricky Trip to El Salvador
Coming into office, Obama seemed to be in tune with Latin America in terms of economic policy, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations indicate an about-face.
- 100% Renewable by 20XX
The right mix of technologies and policy tools is lining up to move the world off dirty energy by mid century, but it will take a consistent push on many fronts.
- Better Safe than Sorry
Corporate executives should never have to apologize for violations when they can instead build global opportunities by advancing human rights.
- Innovating Sovereign Wealth Funds
As we struggle to tackle financial and ecological sustainability, sovereign wealth funds such as in Alaska deserve far greater attention for positive adoption.