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A Uighur woman stands beside a propaganda painting showing soldiers meeting with a Uighur family, outside a military hospital near Kashgar in China's northwest Xinjiang region on July 2, 2019.

The World Bank Was Warned About Funding Repression in Xinjiang

A school supported by the $50 million loan purchased barbed wire, gas launchers, and body armor.

Women work at a sweatshop sewing clothes under contract with local clothing manufacturers in Manila, the Philippines, on July 12, 2013.

‘We Need a New Vision in Development’

World Bank chief economist Pinelopi Goldberg says equality can’t be an afterthought in plans for economic growth.

Chinese workers construct a shopping mall at a retail and office complex, part of 
a Chinese-backed building boom in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in November 2018. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Catching China by the Belt (and Road)

How Washington can beat Beijing’s global influence campaign.

The Trump administration nominated David Malpass as the new head of the World Bank after President Jim Yong Kim abruptly stepped down. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images)

Will David Malpass Run the World Bank or Ruin It?

Trump taps a critic of the world’s biggest development bank to be its next president.

Syrian refugees, stuck between the Jordanian and Syrian borders, wait to cross into Jordan at the Hadalat border crossing on Jan. 14, 2016. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Investing in Low-Wage Jobs Is the Wrong Way to Reduce Migration

Unless would-be migrants can build lives with dignity—which poorly paid, export-oriented jobs do not provide—they will continue to seek ways to move on.

People walk past the World Bank Group's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 3, 2013. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Bank Needs to Join the 21st Century

The next president of the world’s largest development organization needs to chart a new direction for a new era.

Ships in the Port Louis harbor in Mauritius on Dec. 25, 2015. (T. Vale/Getty Images)

African Governments Are Paying for the World Bank’s Mauritius Miracle

Ghost offices on the small island provide legal but questionable means of siphoning tax dollars away from poor countries and into the pockets of the global elite.

The World Bank headquarters in Washington on May 8, 2007. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators Still Work

They are among the institution's most powerful tools — heed not the critics.

Protests against planned pension reforms in Athens on Feb. 12, 2016. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Never Mind the Troika, Here’s Rouvikonas

Greece’s prolonged austerity has given rise to a movement of middle-class anarchism.

A woman with a boy walk in a flooded area on May 31 in Panthau, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. An estimated 63 per cent of the population in Northern Bahr al Ghazal is experiencing severe food insecurity. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

Treasury Takes Aim at Global Food Security Program

The Trump administration wants to dismantle another Obama-era development program.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim speaks during a media briefing at IMF headquarters on April 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump Takes Aim at World Bank Over China Loans

The multilateral lender had somehow avoided the president’s anti-globalist ire. No longer.

TOPSHOT - The UN Security Council during an emergency meeting over North Korea's latest nuclear test, on September 4, 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York.
The UN Security Council on Monday opened an emergency meeting to agree to a response to North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test, as calls mounted for a new raft of tough sanctions to be imposed on Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Security Council Members Are More Likely to Receive World Bank Loans

A study shows that World Bank aid is vulnerable to geopolitical influence.

WASHINGTON - MAY 08:  An employee walks outside the World Bank headquarters May 8, 2007 in Washington, DC. Recent reports indicate that the global financial institution may soon resolve controversies surrounding its President Paul Wolfowitz.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

House Bill Would Decimate World Bank Funding

The proposed bill slashes more than half a billion dollars, or almost half of U.S. funding for the organization.

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Uzbekistan Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Projects, Advocates Say

A new report from Human Rights Watch and Uzbek activists alleges the continued use of forced and child labor in harvesting the Central Asian country’s cotton crop.

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Even China-Backed Development Bank Won’t Touch Coal Projects

The World Bank rival says it will only fund environmentally-friendly projects.

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Trump Treasury Nominees Aren’t Partial To IMF Bailouts

That doesn’t bode well for Greece, which appears to be hurtling toward another default.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) applauds on May 23, 2016 during the World Humanitarian Summit family photo session in Istanbul.
The over 60 heads of state and government gathered for the two-day summit convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will have to defeat considerable scepticism that the event will turn into a well-intentioned but fruitless talking shop.
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Why the World Humanitarian Summit Meeting in Turkey Really Does Matter

John Norris told Foreign Policy readers that the Istanbul conference would be irrelevant. It wasn’t.

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Is Jim Kim Destroying the World Bank — or Saving it From Itself?

The good doctor Kim is out to salvage the bank's global relevance. But his radical reforms have critics calling for his head.

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