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China continues to borrow an average of $2 billion a year from the World Bank, making it one of the Bank’s top borrowers—despite being the world’s second-largest economy and itself a major global lender.

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The US government is still shut down over President Donald Trump’s demand for money to build a wall on the southern border. Children, mainly from Central America, are dying in a desperate effort to cross that border and escape violence in their home countries. So how in the world did somebody in the Trump administration decide it might be a good idea to cut trade ties with some of those countries?

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The short answer: it depends. Gisela Robles Aguilar and Andy Sumner investigate the multiple dimensions of poverty in a new CGD paper.


This is the perfect time to end the US hold on the World Bank’s top job, writes Charles Kenny in Slate—for reasons that go far beyond Donald Trump.