At-a-glance: The debt issue
How the debts grew

Helping the poorest

The bigger picture

Helping the poorest
After widespread popular pressure in the late 1990s, the Highly Indebted Poor Countries inititiative was established to reduce debts owed to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. So far only 27 countries have qualified. Their repayments have been cut, freeing up money for health and education.