July 15, 2024

ONE Campaign urges World Bank President to prioritise reforms for sustainable finance access in vulnerable countries


As World Bank President, Ajay Banga, embarks on a three-day visit to Nigeria, The ONE Campaign calls on him to prioritise and implement critical reforms to enhance access to sustainable finance for vulnerable countries, particularly in Africa.

The unprecedented global challenges, including conflict, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic crises, continue to fuel inflation, instability, and inequality, trapping millions in extreme poverty and impeding progress, with vulnerable countries bearing the brunt.

The financing needs of these nations to address global challenges remain substantial. However, the current global conditions are uncertain, making securing development financing difficult and costly. If not urgently addressed, the rising costs of debt faced by these vulnerable countries will continue to consume their budgets, hampering investments in human capital development and potentially pushing more people into extreme poverty.

Stanley Achonu, the Nigeria Country Director at The ONE Campaign, said: “More than half of low-income countries in or at high risk of debt distress are in Africa, with 16 million additional people at risk of extreme poverty if Africa’s riskiest countries fall into debt distress.

In Nigeria and across many vulnerable economies, a common thread of increasing pressures and needs juxtaposed with limited capacities is evident. The primary roadblock to progress is access to affordable, sustainable investment and finance.

Institutions like the World Bank are crucial in ensuring that disadvantaged countries can readily access funds to address their most pressing needs.

Introducing innovative approaches to obtain these resources will catalyse global advancement. Urgent leadership in these reforms by the World Bank president is imperative.
Specifically, the ONE Campaign is calling on the World Bank to:

Increase the development finance available to African countries to invest in growth and development. Loans and grants to low-and-middle-income countries should at least triple to reflect the rapidly increasing needs in the trillions.

Set a breakthrough goal to cut the time from proposal to disbursement in half and commit to a radical level of transparency in sharing data and evaluations.

Understand what leaders and communities in the Global South want from a modernized World Bank and assure low-income countries that funding for fighting extreme poverty remains a priority.

Bring citizens into decision-making by ensuring that they have the opportunity to measure impact and hold the World Bank accountable for results.

For further information, please contact:
Damilare Ogunmowo

About ONE
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation of over 9 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Nigeria accounts for 2.8 million of the organisation’s supporters. Not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programmes. Read more at www.one.org.

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