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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Multilateral Development Banks: U.S. Contributions FY2000-FY2012

Rebecca M. Nelson
Analyst in International Trade and Finance

This report shows in tabular form how much the Administration requested and how much Congress appropriated for U.S. payments to the multilateral development banks (MDBs) since 2000. It also provides a brief description of the MDBs and the ways they fund their operations. It will be updated periodically as annual appropriation figures are known. The title of this report will also change annually, as new yearly appropriation figures are added.

Of note in FY2012, the Administration requested and Congress appropriated funds for several of the non-concessional lending facilities at the MDBs. Several of the MDBs are in the process of increasing the size of their non-concessional lending facilities, a process frequently called a “general capital increase” (GCI). GCIs are relatively unusual, particularly for so many institutions at the same time. Contributions to the GCIs are expected to be spread out over a five- to eightyear period, depending on the institution. For most of the institutions, the FY2012 funds are the first annual payment. In FY2012, Congress also appropriated funds for several MDB concessional lending facilities and more targeted MDB funds, such as those dedicated to environmental issues.

For further information about the MDBs, the GCIs, and relevant U.S. policy process, see:
       CRS Report R41170, Multilateral Development Banks: Overview and Issues for Congress, by Rebecca M. Nelson; 
       CRS Report R41672, Multilateral Development Banks: General Capital Increases, by Martin A. Weiss; and 
       CRS Report R41537, Multilateral Development Banks: How the United States Makes and Implements Policy, by Rebecca M. Nelson and Martin A. Weiss.

Date of Report: January
4, 2012
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