IDA donors pledge $52 billion for 2014-2016

Solange Elysee, a beneficiary of a housing reconstruction project in Haiti, talks to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Donor countries' pledge to borrow $52 billion in IDA loans will enable the World Bank to continue developing projects and programs targeted to eliminating extreme poverty by 2030. Photo by: Dominic Chavez / World Bank /

Donor countries have pledged $52 billion for 2014-2016 borrowing to the International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for poor countries, the Washington, D.C.-based institution announced on Tuesday.

The amount available for IDA loans over the next three years will play an important role in enabling the bank to carry out its goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030, which President Jim Kim articulated earlier this year.

The latest fundraising round also involved policy discussion for how that money will be spent.

While the final policy hasn’t been released, donor country representatives have been negotiating plans for different funding scenarios. The increase in funding will likely allow the bank to increase funding for fragile and conflict-affected states, as well as to provide cheaper loans to India, set to graduate from IDA over the next three years.

The World Bank was bracing for a real-terms cut in funding for IDA driven by fiscal constraints in donor countries, so Tuesday’s commitment came as a pleasant surprise.

The total amount pledged was $1.5 billion more than the target set earlier this fall — and a boost from donors for Kim, who has spent the last few months trying to secure strong pledges, particularly from large donors like the United States.

Individual country pledges won’t be revealed until they are approved by the bank’s board in March.

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