The Big debt: Forgive debt in order to make more loans. That's what the World Bank seems to be contemplating in a memo leaked to the press, Inter Press Service reports. "Most countries receiving 100 percent debt cancellation would be classified as 'green light' and therefore become eligible for new borrowing," Geoff Lamb, the Bank's vice president for concessional finance, asserted in the memo that surfaced a few days ago. Another leaked document shows that the International Monetary Fund has been trying to make behind-the-scenes changes that could derail the debt cancellation deal.
The small: Another IPS article notes that some new studies question whether microfinance truly offers a way out of poverty. It seems that the small-scale loan programs help only the creme de la creme of the poor. ”We're really reaching primarily the upper half of those who are in poverty,” the leader of a microcredit program in Haiti said.