World Bank Post-Conflict Aid: Oversight Issues for Congress

Publication Date: April 2004

Publisher: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service


Research Area: Banking and finance; International relations



The World Bank has taken an increasingly active role in providing post-conflict aid. This assistance provides both short-term humanitarian relief and long-term economic support for countries emerging from conflict. Although this aid is sanctioned by the World Bank's mandate, it raises questions that may be appropriate for congressional oversight. These include how extensive is the World Bank's understanding of post-conflict aid's effects on recipient countries and how well World Bank aid is coordinated with other donors. This report will be updated as needed.