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Debt Relief for 39 Countries on Track to Reach US$114 billion

December 19, 2013

The World Bank and IMF are helping poor countries get out of debt. 

Story Highlights
  • Two debt-relief initiatives organized by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund – the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative and the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) – are continuing to help poor countries fight poverty.
  • The programs have relieved 36 participating countries of $96 billion in debt since 1996, freeing up their governments to spend money on poverty reduction.
  • Thirty-one of the beneficiary countries are in Africa.

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are on track to help relieve 39 countries of approximately US$114 billion in debt through two programs designed to help poor nations free up resources for domestic poverty-alleviation, according to an annual report released this month. These initiatives, the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative and the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (the MDRI), have delivered an estimated $96 billion in debt relief, and have arranged for creditors to commit to the remainder.

To date, 35 countries – 30 of them in Africa – have received the full amount of debt-relief for which they are eligible through HIPC and MDRI. Chad is a current participant and is expected to graduate from the initiative by the end of 2014. Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan are potentially eligible for debt relief, and Somalia and Sudan are actively working to qualify.

Average poverty-reducing expenditure and debt service in 36 post-decision-point HIPCs, in % of GDP.