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Working for the Most Vulnerable People

IDA has a well-established track record of supporting economic growth that creates jobs and boosts incomes. Read how IDA is helping countries in the face of COVID-19 and preparing for a post-COVID-19 World.

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Responding to COVID-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic

The World Bank Group moved quickly to provide flexible responses to help developing countries strengthen their pandemic response to COVID-19. Read More

Special Themes

IDA20 will maintain the four IDA19 special themes: (1) Climate change; (2) Fragility, conflict and violence; (3) Gender; and (4) Jobs and economic transformation. It will introduce human capital as the fifth special theme.

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Climate Change

Managing the unavoidable and avoiding the unmanageable

Fragility, Conflict, and Violence

Breaking the cycle of conflict and poverty


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

  • 1,810projects totaling
  • $156.8B operating in
  • 10,017locations across
  • 74countries
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Heeding the Call of a Country in Crisis - IDA in Yemen

IDA is laying the foundation for recovery by supporting institution-building, restoring economic opportunities, and nurturing human capital.

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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 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
"There is such a demand, not only for Samoa but for the Pacific Island region generally, because of the vulnerability to climate change impacts."
Minister for Climate Resilience, Grenada, October 2019