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Public Event

Grants or Loans? The Full Debate

Friday, October 1, 2004 - 9:00am to 11:00am

On October 1, 2004 in the run-up to the World Bank and IMF annual meetings, CGD hosted a discussion on grants vs. loans. The event was a forum for donors and recipients to debate the merits of grants vs. loans in aiding development. It was co-sponsored by the International Finance Corporation, KfW Bankengruppe, Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Agence Francaise de Developpment.

You can view an unedited transcript of the event here.

Below you will find links to the speakers' bios, as well as their presentations.

Hiroto Arakawa - Director General, Development Assistance Strategy Department, JBIC
Presentation 1
Presentation 2
Presentation 3

Nancy Birdsall - President, Center for Global Development

Francois Bourguignon - Chief Economist & Senior Vice-President, Development Economics, World Bank

Wolfgang Kroh - Member of the Board, KfW Bankengruppe

Paper

Pierre Jacquet - Executive Director, Strategy, Agence Française de Développement
Paper

Matthew Odedokun - Technical Adviser, Debt Management Office, Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Paper

John Taylor - Under Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury