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(Revised July 2007)
Aid, Debt Relief, and Trade: An Agenda for Fighting World Poverty (A)
At the 2005 Group of Eight summit, world leaders agreed to relieve the world's poorest countries' debt burdens and double aid to Africa by 2010. The announcement raised questions whether debt relief would really help the poor. By examining past aid trends and policies of multilateral institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, this case also questions whether aid can allow poor countries to break the vicious cycle of poverty, and/or how aid can be used effectively.
Keywords: Developing Countries and Economies;
Borrowing and Debt;
Welfare or Wellbeing;