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In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, multilateral development finance institutions t banks will be a critical source of financing and capacity support to build a resilient and sustainable recovery in developing countries? Are they adequately funded for the recovery? How can they better leverage existing resources, and act more cohesively as a system? The World Bank is unique among multilateral development banks (MDBs) in its global reach – how should it best use its resources? How should other MDBs better align allocation with financing needs and the emergence of global problems that require international solutions? What is the role of international, regional, and national development finance institutions (DFIs)? How can these institutions function better as a system of financial support for public and private sector investment in developing countries?
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s new articles of agreement contain a great deal of information about shareholding and governance in the new institution. However, the articles require some additional analysis in order to answer key questions about voting power and board composition. Based on the information provided, we are able to generate voting shares as well as some preliminary conclusions about the composition of the AIIB’s board of directors.
On April 21 Nigeria took final steps to pay off about $30 billion in accumulated debt for about $12 billion-an overall discount of about 60 percent-using foreign reserves from soaring oil prices. Nigeria had racked up arrears during decades of military rule and the debt was seen as a major barrier to President Obasanjo's reform efforts. CGD Research Fellow Todd Moss explains what the completed debt deal could mean for Nigeria's future--and how CGD research helped to make it possible.
This week saw the release of the World Bank’s updated global poverty counts. There is new country-level data on poverty and inequality underlying these revisions. But the big change is that the numbers are now anchored to the 2011 Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) rates for consumption from the International Comparisons Program (ICP). Previously the numbers were based on the prior ICP round for 2005.
In this week’s Wonkcast, recorded in the run-up to the institutions’ Spring Meetings, we consider these questions. My guests are Nancy Birdsall, founding president of CGD, and Todd Moss, vice president of programs and senior fellow.