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Rich Nations Likely to Fulfill African Donation Requests, World Bank President Forecasts

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louis Buyisiwe

May 2, 2024

Over half of the 75 countries that utilize the IDA are in Africa,

World Bank President Ajay Banga

World Bank President Ajay Banga has expressed optimism that affluent nations will heed the call from African leaders for record contributions to the International Development Association (IDA), emphasizing that these funds represent not mere charity, but crucial investments in the future.

During a pivotal call on Monday, African heads of state appealed for at least $120 billion to be raised for the IDA in an upcoming conference in Japan this December—a sum that would set a new record for the facility that offers long-term loans to developing nations.

Historically, the last funding cycle in 2021 garnered $93 billion. To achieve the ambitious new target of $120 billion, donor countries will need to commit about $30 billion, as the World Bank is capable of borrowing three times the amount of money raised.

Banga highlighted the importance of this funding mechanism, noting that investing in the IDA has proven beneficial as demonstrated by the economic rise of former recipients like China and India.

Over half of the 75 countries that utilize the IDA are in Africa, many of which face significant challenges such as severe debt and climate crises, making access to affordable international financing crucial.

These loans are vital for sustaining development and mitigating financial strain caused by global market conditions and environmental disasters.

Banga urged rich countries to recognize that supporting the IDA is in their own strategic interest. He pointed out that contributing to Africa's development is an investment in global stability and prosperity.

“If Africa develops well, Africa has a lot to offer the world,” he stated, reinforcing the idea that enhancing the economic capabilities of African nations can contribute significantly to global economic diversity and resilience.

As the December conference approaches, the world’s wealthiest nations are positioned to make a decisive impact on global development through their financial commitments to the IDA, potentially ushering in a new era of growth and cooperation in international relations.

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