On October 5, 2004 the Center for Global Development presented a discussion titled, "Double Standards and Debt Relief: The case for Nigerian IDA reclassification". The event was based upon a working paper written by Nancy Birdsall,
Birdsall and Moss argued that Nigeria should be allowed to pursue reduction of its $33 billion in external debt through the same mechanisms available to other countries with similar income and development characteristics. In order to do so, however, Nigeria needs reclassification within the World Bank from ‘blend’ to ‘IDA-only’ status. Given that the country has not borrowed from IBRD for the past eleven years, this would merely recognize what is already de facto the case.