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International Development Association

The International Development Association (IDA), part of the World Bank Group, provides long-term interest-free loans and grants to the poorest developing countries to finance investments in health, education, sanitation, and infrastructure. The United States and other donors that belong to the World Bank contribute to IDA.


What This Rating Means


This rating describes a program that needs to set more ambitious goals, achieve better results, improve accountability or strengthen its management practices.
  • The International Development Association is in the process of improving its performance measurement and performance-based budget allocations. In the latest donor negotiation, the World Bank and its donors agreed to significantly expand and improve the result measurement framework to increase the Association's effectiveness in achieving key development results in areas such as education.
  • The latest donor negotiation agreed to implement reforms to significantly improve the ability of the poorest countries to handle their debts. In particular, the International Development Association will increase the share of funding for grants for the most debt-vulnerable countries to roughly 30 percent, making progress towards the President's goal of 50 percent.
  • The International Development Association is improving transparency and access to its information. The United States helped secure significant improvements by insisting on a review of the World Bank's internal financial controls and the disclosure of individual country's performance scores under the International Development Association's new performance measurement system.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Working with Congress to secure funding for the US contribution of $950 million per year from 2006 to 2008 to institute the reforms recently agreed to for the International Development Association.
  • Monitoring the institution's effectiveness, including the implementation of measures to better track its progress in meeting development objectives across-the-board.
  • Working with the World Bank and other donors to improve developing countries' ability to handle their debt, including increasing the amount of grants provided to the most debt-vulnerable countries.

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