The World Bank Group’s International Debt Statistics (IDS) 2015 was released today. The Bank’s flagship debt data publication features 2013 data on external debt stocks and flows, as well as other…

Molly Fahey Watts |

Co-Authors: Aleksandra Iwulska, Javier Eduardo Báez and Alan Fuchs In April this year the Dominican Republic borrowed 1.25 billion US dollars on international markets in 30-year bonds. The DR is…

Miguel Eduardo Sánchez |

What word has four letters, one syllable, no weight but can still be crushing? If you guessed debt, you are correct. The World Bank has had a Debt Reporting System (DRS) since 1951, and it's…

Jung Weil |

Access to formal financial services has been expanding in recent years.  But as people start to use these services for the first time, it has become clear that the challenge is not only providing…

Miriam Bruhn, Rekha Reddy |

The World Bank has been collecting statistics on the debt of its borrowing countries since 1951, through the Debtor Reporting System. Published for many years as World Debt Tables (see, for…

Neil Fantom, Ibrahim Levent |

Sovereign credit ratings assigned by the major rating agencies (such as Fitch, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s) play a major role in determining the government’s access to international capital…

Dilip Ratha |

Sovereign credit ratings assigned by the major rating agencies (such as Fitch, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s) play a major role in determining the government’s access to international capital…

Dilip Ratha |