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Debt Relief Under the HIPC Initiative


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  • Doris C. Ross
  • Lisandro Abrego
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    This paper discusses the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative in the perspective of sizable historical debt relief and large positive net resource flows to HIPCs. It argues that, by substantially reducing HIPCs’ debt stocks and debt service payments, the Initiative provides a solid basis for debt sustainability and room for increased social spending. For poverty reduction, HIPC relief is important but broader international support is needed. The paper maintains that, as experience has shown, external support can be effective only if it reinforces sound policies implemented by HIPCs themselves. Thus, debt relief and official development assistance are critical as “help for self-help.”

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 01/144.

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    Length: 47
    Date of creation: 01 Sep 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:01/144

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    Cited by:
    1. Brigitte Granville & Sushanta Mallick*, 2006. "Integrating poverty reduction in IMF-World Bank Models," Working Papers id:502, eSocialSciences.
    2. Annalisa Fedelino & Alina Kudina, 2003. "Fiscal Sustainability in African HIPC Countries," IMF Working Papers 03/187, International Monetary Fund.
    3. Christian Aßmann & Jens Boysen-Hogrefe, 2010. "Analysis of current account reversals via regime switching models," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 21-43, February.
    4. Yan Sun, 2004. "External Debt Sustainability in HIPC Completion Point Countries," IMF Working Papers 04/160, International Monetary Fund.
    5. Jie Yang & Dan Nyberg, 2009. "External Debt Sustainability in HIPC Completion Point Countries: An Update," IMF Working Papers 09/128, International Monetary Fund.


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