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The Multilateral Development Banks: Volume 4, the Inter-American Development Bank

Diana Tussie
ISBN: 978-1-55587-466-7
ISBN: 978-1-55587-492-6
1995/165 pages/LC: 94-45003


The multilateral banks are powerful forces in the international community, providing loans of more than $250 billion to developing countries over the last half-century. The best-known of these, the World Bank, has been studied extensively, but the "regional development banks" are little understood, even within their own geographic regions.

This book looks specifically at the policies and projects of the Inter-American Development Bank, which, like the other multilateral banks, is being criticized increasingly by grassroots organizations, environmental groups, and others.

Drawing on case studies, Tussie responds to some basic questions: Has the IDB in fact been an effective agent of development? Has it been a mere clone of the World Bank, susceptible to that agency's weaknesses, as well as its strengths? She also assesses the bank's ability to take on the emerging challenges on the development agenda, including such issues as governance, military spending, and the need for gender-sensitive development strategies.


Diana Tussie is senior research fellow at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Argentina. She is coeditor (with David Glover) of The Developing Countries in World Trade: Policies and Bargaining Strategies (Rienner, 1993).


  • Introduction.
  • A Brief History of the Bank.
  • Evolution of the Lending Program.
  • Borrowing Country Experience.
  • Loan Performance and Institutional Governance.
  • Comparative Advantage and Regional Leadership.
  • Resource Mobilization and Portfolio Management.
  • Looming Development Challenges for the Bank.
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