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Multiplication beats division in global development math

IDA is a critical part of the World Bank’s vision to create a world free of poverty on a livable planet. IDA’s concessional financing helps countries boost economic growth to create jobs and prosperity, overcome shocks and emergencies, and engage in effective climate action.  

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IDA20 Mid-Term Review

IDA donor and borrower representatives will meet in Zanzibar, Tanzania, between December 6 and 8, 2023, to review the progress to date on IDA20's policy and financial commitments and to evaluate IDA’s response to overlapping crises. Learn More

IDA20 Special Themes

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Climate Change

Managing the unavoidable and avoiding the unmanageable

Fragility, Conflict, and Violence

Breaking the cycle of conflict and poverty

Gender and Development

Fostering gender equality and empowerment

Human Capital

Investing in people for greater equity and economic growth

Jobs and Economic Transformation

Creating good jobs and supporting a strong private sector

Global Reach

  • 1,559projects totaling
  • $169operating in
  • 7,746locations across
  • 73countries
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Gender Equality Through Welding

An IDA-supported youth employment project in Kenya helps vulnerable 18-29-year-olds prepare for the labor market and supports creating new and better jobs. Hear the inspiring story of Esther, who pursued a career in the male-dominated field of welding and is now changing her community.

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More About Our Work

With IDA’s help, hundreds of millions of people have escaped poverty—through the creation of jobs, access to clean water, schools, roads, nutrition, electricity, and more.

Explore IDA's History

Through 87 events and nearly 500 archival and informational sources, the timeline explores the origins of IDA, its vital role in providing financial and knowledge resources, and the innovative ways it has supported economic and social development across the poorest countries in the world.

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"IDA is a priority for many African countries—mine included. And we turn to IDA for our development agenda. I would like to stress the quality of the policy that has been implemented by IDA."
President of Niger, March 30, 2023
"IDA is an extremely important instrument for African countries and for developing nations as a whole because of the types of loans that are made available to our States."
President of Senegal, July 17, 2021
"As long as there is poverty, there will be a need for IDA. And as long as there is IDA, there will be a need to support IDA. For our side, I think Saudi Arabia will no doubt join that effort."
Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development, Saudi Arabia, October 2019