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World Bank proposes global epidemic fund in wake of Ebola

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World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim warned Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in west Africa could trigger famine, and called for the creation of an international emergency fund for epidemics. Speaking to German business newspaper Handelsblatt, Kim said that one in four farmers in the most affected...

World Bank chief asks for 5,000 medical workers to travel to Africa to fight Ebola

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, said at a conference in Ethiopia that at least 5,000 medical workers need to volunteer to go to Africa and fight the Ebola outbreak. "With the fear factor going out of control in so many places,...Show More Summary

5,000 Ebola health care workers needed in West Africa

More than 5,000 additional health care workers are needed to fight Ebola in the three most affected countries in West Africa, the president of the World Bank said Tuesday. Jim Yong Kim said he is worried about where those health care workers can be found given the Ebola fear factor. Show More Summary

World Bank Chief Lectures Audience: “Climate Change Is Like Ebola”

World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim told an audience this week that “climate change is like Ebola.” The World Bank Chief was speaking at the annual meeting with the International Monetary Fund. This is not the first time the World … Continue reading ?

A Bank Chief Makes Ebola His Mission

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Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank president, has driven the normally lumbering bank to act on Ebola with uncharacteristic speed and become a key figure in a crisis that has exposed yawning gaps in the world’s capacity to respond to deadly epidemics.

Climate Change is Costing Lives: Coal Plants Killed 1.2 mn. in China: World Bank’s Jim Yong Kim

Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) — World Bank President Jim Yong Kim discusses the growing threat from climate change with Trish Regan on “Street Smart.” Bloomberg News: Climate Change Is Costing Lives: World Bank’s…

World Bank Reports on Actions Against Corrupt Corporations

More than 650 firms and individuals penalized, according to new report. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim says,"Each dollar lost to corruption is a dollar stolen from a pregnant woman who needs health care; or from a girl or boy whoShow More Summary

On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy is the future

Photo credit: SELCO India In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Show More Summary

World Bank Group President Praises George W. Bush's AIDS Effort at U.S.-Africa Summit

At a gathering of African and business leaders convened by the Obama administration, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim highlighted former President George W. Bush’s work on AIDS in Africa. “I think back just to 2000 when a small...Show More Summary

World Bank President Jim Kim Brushes Off Overhaul Criticism, Eyes End Game

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has come under intense internal and external criticism for his controversial efforts to restructure the 70-year-old development institution. As the overhaul officially kicks in Tuesday, Mr. Kim answered his critics in a roundtable discussion with reporters.

World Bank: Climate Change Policies Will Boost Global Economy

“Climate change poses a severe risk to global economic stability, but it doesn’t have to be like this,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “We believe it’s possible to reduce emissions and deliver jobs and economic opportunity, while also cutting health care and energy costs. Show More Summary

World Bank Seen Thinning its Ranks Amid President Kim’s Restructuring

More than 1,000 people may be trimmed from the World Bank in the coming years as President Jim Yong Kim moves ahead with a restructuring of the development institution, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Syria crisis costs Lebanon $7.5 Billion: World bank chief

President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim said Sunday evening the Group is helping Jordan and Lebanon cope with the impact of influxes of refugees escaping ongoing conflict in neighboring Syria. Addressing a joint press conference with Saudi Minister of Finance Dr. Show More Summary

IFC Won't Support Expansion of Disastrous Tata Mundra Project

The World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and the bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) are at a crossroads -- they can either choose to to be on the right side of human rights and the environment, or they can continue ignoring the facts. read more

IFC Won't Support Expansion of Disastrous Tata Mundra Project

This post was co-authored by Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program Photo courtesy of Joe Athialy. The World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and the bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) are at a crossroads --...Show More Summary

Trying to change the World Bank

  Jim Yong Kim has initiated the World Bank's first massive reorganization in nearly two decades, and one that's been met with internal resistance from some of its economists. In addition to announcing the World Bank's new core mission — to end extreme poverty by 2030 — Kim has committed to cutting $400 million in administrative costs over the next […]

Tackling Energy Poverty with Renewables?

As economies and populations grow, standards of living improve for billions of people, and with it the need for energy continues to rise. Or as World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim put it “energy is a critical part of boosting prosperity and eradicating poverty.” read more

World Bank Head: Climate Change and Growing Inequality threaten Global Upheaval

(By Jon Queally) President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, is warning that the combined crises of planetary climate change and rising global inequality in a highly interconnected world will lead…

World Bank Shapes Overhaul Toward ‘Solutions Bank’

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is more than a year into a major restructuring effort to turn the lumbering global development institution into a leaner, more agile, poverty-fighting machine.

Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction

Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Arthur Kleinman take an interdisciplinary approach to global health, considering history, geography, ethnography, and more. Based on a Harvard course, it's a great resource for anyone studying public health.

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