Masood Ahmed cuts through the discussion about how much financial support the World Bank is providing to LMICs, and urges that the MDBs, and their sharedholders, should be more ambitious in their support of LMICs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CGD Policy Blogs
Making the $12 Billion Go Further: Four Things the World Bank Can Do in Support of COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
To maximise the impact of this badly needed investment to combat COVID and, most importantly, to avoid any perverse and potentially catastrophic implications of World Bank financing undermining current global efforts led by Gavi and CEPI, we propose that the World Bank commit to the four principles below.
The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group has begun an evaluation of one of the Bank’s flagship products—Doing Business. Here, I present four issues that I believe must underpin all aspects of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) evaluation.
In the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Jam v. IFC, which centered around harm to farming and fishing communities caused by Tata Mundra, a coal plant financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The IFC’s board has yet to release the final report. It must do so now.
More World Bank Borrowers Will Need Grants, Not Loans. As a Result, More World Bank Donors Will Need to Pony Up
Rather than providing relief on repayments from existing loans, IDA’s debt sustainability framework adjusts future financing from loans to grants for countries at high risk of debt distress. But what happens to IDA’s loans-to-grants model when a large number of IDA countries trigger the risk thresholds? Can IDA afford its commitment to debt sustainability?
Let’s unpack our arguments for why a debt standstill would be the wrong move for IDA at this point in time.
Revisiting HIPC as Part of the COVID-19 Response: How did Commercial Debt Relief for Poorest Countries Work Last Time?
The G20 is calling on commercial creditors to follow their lead and extend a moratorium on their debt. But if past is precedent external commercial debt could be shaping up to be major fault line in the debt relief process moving forward.