The World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries – the International Development Association’s (IDA) – should help close the global Covid-19 vaccination gap as soon as possible, while also supporting systemic changes to further universal access in the long run, and prioritise investment in public (not private) healthcare delivery. These are some of our recommendations in our new position paper for IDA20, the upcoming 20th replenishment of the funds of IDA.
The goal of the IDA20 replenishment is to support countries in their recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and transition to green, resilient, and inclusive development. The replenishment will start in December 2021 with a policy and financial package to support 74 (lower income) countries between July 2022 and June 2025.
IDA20 policy framework: more inclusivity also means listening to civil society
With our position paper ‘Health security & equity: a public priority’, we want to contribute to the policy framework of IDA20 from a health equity perspective. Our recommendations are directed towards IDA donors, IDA recipient countries and the World Bank’s IDA senior leadership. We disseminate our paper now, during the Civil Society Policy Forum (27 September 27– October 8, 2021) ahead of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, because several sessions touch on IDA20 or are focused on IDA20.