World Bank grants plan “crazy”

17 January 2002

Disagreements between donors about how much grant money the Bank should give to the poorest countries has held up replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA), Bank’s soft-lending arm. The US proposes to spend 50 per cent of IDA money in grants, but Clare Short, Britain’s development minister has described this plan as “crazy.” The UK is concerned that IDA might be weakened unless more money is provided. The UK is producing a briefing note on the grants issue prior to the next IDA negotiations in early February.

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

World Bank IDA site

See Bretton Woods Update 24: Will grants kill IDA?