Delivering on Debt Relief: From IMF Gold to a New Aid Architecture

by Nancy Birdsall and John Williamson
assisted by Brian Deese
April 2002
Book Description

This study brings readers up to date on the complicated and controversial subject of debt relief for the poorest countries of the world. What has actually been achieved? Has debt relief provided truly additional resources to fight poverty? How will the design and timing of the "enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative" affect the development prospects of the world's poorest countries and their people? The study then moves on to address several broader policy questions: Is debt relief a step toward more efficient and equitable government spending, building better institutions, and attracting productive private investment in the poorest countries? Who pays for debt relief? Is there a case for further relief? Most important, how can the case for debt relief be sustained in a broader effort to combat poverty in the poorest countries?

Copublished with the Center for Global Development




1. Introduction 181.0KB

2. The HIPC Initiative: Backgrounds and Critiques 331.1KB

3. The Case for More 602.6KB

4. What Form of More? 333.3KB

5. Deepening and Extending Debt Reduction 277.1KB

6. A New Aid Architecture 210.2KB

7. Conclusions 113.2KB

Appendix A-C 245.3KB




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Book Data

April 2002
ISBN paper 0-88132-331-4
192 pp.

Commentaries on This Book

"A hard-headed analytical work that is sensitive to the needs of poor countries. The authors do a wonderful job of sorting their way through a confusing set of issues. Their answers are simple, compelling and powerful."

Dani Rodrik
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

"... establishes a solid place for debt relief within the broader development agenda and highlights the role of the Center for Global Development in bridging the gap between campaigners and scholars in the development policy debate."

Gerry Flood
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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