Developing Countries

Developing Countries

The United States Has Not Fully Funded Its Share of Debt Relief, and the Impact of Debt Relief on Countries' Poverty-reducing Spending Is Unknown : Report to Congressional Requesters

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In 1996, the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative was created to provide debt relief to poor countries that had reached unsustainable levels of debt. In 2005, the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) expanded upon the HIPC Initiative by eliminating additional debt owed to four international financial institutions (IFI): the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank's International Development Association (IDA), African Development Fund (ADF), and Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB). These four IFIs are projected to provide $58 billion in total debt relief to 41 countries. GAO (1) analyzed the U.S. financing approach for debt relief efforts; (2) reviewed the extent to which MDRI might affect resources available to countries for poverty-reducing activities; and (3) assessed revisions to the analyses conducted by the World Bank and IMF to review and promote future debt sustainability. GAO analyzed Treasury, IFI, and country documents and data, and interviewed officials at Treasury and the four IFIs. To address limitations in the U.S. approach for financing MDRI, GAO recommends that the Secretary of the Treasury consider the use of different funding options, such as requesting separate appropriations from Congress. Treasury responded that it is open to considering alternative MDRI funding approaches in the future.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2009]
Branch Call Number: GA 1.13:GAO-09-162
Characteristics: iv, 79 p. : digital, PDF file
Additional Contributors: Melito, Thomas


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