WBEZ | World Bank http://www.wbez.org/tags/world-bank Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en U.S. faces serious global challenge over World Bank president nomination http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-02/segment/us-faces-serious-global-challenge-over-world-bank-president-nomination <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP120323110631_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama’s recent nomination for World Bank president has pleasantly surprised many observers, given the fact he’s not an economist. Instead, president of Dartmouth College <a href="http://www.dartmouth.edu/presidentelect/bio-kim.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Dr. Jim Yong Kim</a> is an expert in global health and the former director of the <a href="http://www.who.int" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">World Health Organization’s</a> Department of HIV/AIDS. But Dr. Kim has competition from two strong nominees: &nbsp;Latin American economist <a href="http://www.sipa.columbia.edu/academics/directory/jao2128-fac.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Jose Antonio Ocampo</a> and Nigeria’s finance minister, <a href="http://www.fmf.gov.ng/the-ministry/management-team/honourable-minister.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala</a>. Ocampo and Okonjo-Iweala’s nominations signal that there might be a crack in the United States’ 70-year domination of the World Bank. &nbsp;</p><p><em>Worldview </em>talks with <a href="http://www.genderaction.org/who.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Elaine Zuckerman</a> about the potential for big changes in the World Bank. She’s the founder of Gender Action, a Washington DC-based watchdog group for global financial institutions.</p></p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:49:51 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-02/segment/us-faces-serious-global-challenge-over-world-bank-president-nomination Alfredo Sfeir Younis visits 'Occupy' movement and calls for societal change http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-20/alfredo-sfeir-younis-visits-occupy-movement-and-calls-societal-change-95 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/alfredo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chilean economist <a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/about-alfredo/">Alfredo Sfeir Younis</a> spent more than 30 years at the World Bank. There he focused on the rights of indigenous peoples, poverty eradication and international trade. &nbsp;</p><p>Along the way he’s also became a Mayan priest.</p><p>These days Alfredo uses his &nbsp;<a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/">Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation</a> to combine spirituality and public policy issues.</p><p>Currently he’s on a tour of the U.S. After talking with a range of the “Occupy” movement protestors, Alfredo thinks we must challenge some fundamental values.</p><p>There's no doubt that after our current global economic strife, movements like <a href="http://occupywallst.org/">Occupy Wall Street</a>, the anti-austerity protests in Europe and the Arab Spring present a form of a pushback.</p><p>On this edition of Worldview, we spend the hour with Alfredo to talk about our changing times.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-20/alfredo-sfeir-younis-visits-occupy-movement-and-calls-societal-change-95 Worldview 12.20.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-16/alfredo1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chilean economist Alfredo Sfeir Younis spent more than 30 years at the World Bank tackling the rights of indigenous peoples, poverty eradication and international trade. Today, Alfredo leads a slightly different life: He's a Mayan priest and president of the <a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/" target="_blank">Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation</a>, an organization that works on the connections between spirituality and public policy. On his current tour of the U.S., he's meeting with "Occupy" protesters. Alfredo argues, in order for humanity to thrive, the world must challenge some fundamental ideas of how we order, value and measure our society.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122011 Gender Action tracks how the World Bank and IMF affect women and children http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/gender-action-tracks-how-world-bank-and-imf-affect-women-and-children-93 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-01/genderaction1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Over the last sixty years, international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have doled out more than one trillion dollars in loans. Much of this money has gone to poor countries to fund large-scale infrastructure projects, from transportation to access to electricity and water.</p><p>But these ambitious projects can have unforeseen consequences. By burdening poor countries with gargantuan debt, they sometimes do more harm than good. And, critics say, the human dimension to these projects is often miscalculated. For example, World Bank-funded pipelines have displaced tens of thousands of impoverished people in places like West Africa and Central Asia.</p><p>While working as an economist at the World Bank, <a href="http://www.genderaction.org/who.html" target="_blank">Elaine Zuckerman</a> started to think that the needs of women and children were being overlooked by these massive, taxpayer-backed financial institutions. In 2002, she founded <a href="http://www.genderaction.org/who.html" target="_blank">Gender Action</a>, a watchdog group that monitors how the practices of the World Bank, IMF and other organizations affect women. It's one of the only organizations of its kind in the world.</p><p>On today's show, we talk to Elaine about how international financial institutions may be contributing to gender inequality.</p></p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/gender-action-tracks-how-world-bank-and-imf-affect-women-and-children-93 Worldview 11.1.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11111 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-01/syria1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In Syria, some observers are worried that an all-out civil war could erupt. The Assad regime has heightened its crackdown on protesters. The U.S. ambassador recently left the country. And, with Turkey’s support, deserted soldiers are taking up arms against the regime. We discuss the latest in Syria with <a href="http://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/odahi.htm" target="_blank">Omar Dahi</a>, a professor at Hampshire College. Also, while many of the infrastructure projects funded by the World Bank and the IMF are ostensibly designed to help the world’s poorest nations, they often end up benefiting big business and the bottom line at the expense of local populations, especially women and children. We discuss this trend with <a href="http://www.genderaction.org/who.html" target="_blank">Elaine Zuckerman</a>, founder and executive director of <a href="http://www.genderaction.org/" target="_blank">Gender Action</a>, a watchdog group for international financial institutions.</p></p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11111 Alfredo Sfeir Younis on sustainability through community and human transformation http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/alfredo-sfeir-younis-sustainability-through-community-and-human-transformation <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/106616473.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The rescue of 33 Chilean miners last month has sparked a discussion about how we harvest, utilize and sustain our resources. Chilean economist <a target="_blank" href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/about-alfredo/">Alfredo Sfeir Younis</a> is president of the <a target="_blank" href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/">Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation.</a> He spent more than 30 years at the World Bank, where he focused on the rights of indigenous peoples, poverty eradication and international trade.&nbsp; He tells us about the rescue effort&rsquo;s impact on Chilean society and shares his views on the proper moral course for global sustainability and development.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 16:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/alfredo-sfeir-younis-sustainability-through-community-and-human-transformation