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Supporting Colombia - for a sound debt management framework

SUBMITTED ON AUGUST 10, 2017

What makes an engagement impactful? Alessandro Scipioni, former resident Advisor to Colombia, World Bank Treasury’s Government Debt and Risk Management (GDRM) Program, talks about Colombia - GDRM Program partnership.

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IMF Board Discusses Capacity Building in Developing Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy (MTDS)

SUBMITTED ON AUGUST 3, 2017

"The report updates on the changes that have been made to the Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy framework and its associated toolkit, the evolution of technical assistance modes of delivery, and the value and effectiveness of the capacity building efforts. The report suggests that both the framework and TA delivery methods should continue to be updated and refined, while maintaining core functions. The Boards of the IMF and World Bank endorsed the development of the MTDS framework in 2007." (Source: IMF Press Release No:17/304)

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In search of answers in Tokyo

SUBMITTED BY CHRISTOPHER BENJAMIN DYCHALA ON JUNE 27, 2017

In the World Bank-JICA joint workshop debt managers learn from practitioners and each other in a candid exchange of ideas and practices in a workshop on designing government debt management strategies.

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Photo: World Bank JICA joint workshop participants, Tokyo May 2017-Photo credit: JICA

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Supporting Ghana in transitioning from a low income to middle income country

SUBMITTED ON JUNE 5, 2017

Every country is different. How does World Bank customize the technical assistance according to countries’ needs? Samuel D. Arkhurst, director of the Debt Management Division in the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance, explains how World Bank Treasury’s Government Debt and Risk Management (GDRM) Program team understood the contextual situation of Ghana and gave the technical assistance relevant to their specific requirements.

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Supporting middle income countries against economic shocks: the SECO-GDRM Program partnership

SUBMITTED ON MAY 3, 2017


Why do donor countries support World Bank Group’s program funds? Rosmarie Schlup, head of Macroeconomic Support Division at Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), explains why they are funding the World Bank Treasury’s Government Debt and Risk Management (GDRM) Program.

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From Pretoria, to London, to the World

How debt and risk management practices in South Africa and the United Kingdom are relevant for debt managers around the world

SUBMITTED BY FRITZ BACHMAIR ON MAR 1, 2017

Photo: London Skyline. Credit: Thinkstock Photos


From August to November, 2016, I was working at the UK's Debt Management Office on assignment from the World Bank Treasury and had the chance to help coordinate the syndication of a new 40-year maturity inflation-linked bond. Another part of my assignment was a similar posting to the National Treasury of South Africa in Pretoria.

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Trading the Sights of London for Washington, DC
A Debt Management Exchange

SUBMITTED BY JAMES KNIGHT ON JAN 12, 2017

Photo: World Bank Headquarters. Credit: Simone McCourtie/World Bank

During September to December 2016, debt managers from the UK Debt Management Office (UK DMO) and the Debt Management Team at the World Bank Treasury traded places. I was one of two debt mangers from the UK DMO to join the World Bank Treasury for a period of six weeks, following an equivalent period by my colleague Shreya Shah.

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Is the game over for retail debt programs or restarting with mobile technology?

SUBMITTED BY COSKUN CANGOZ ON APR 21, 2016

Young boy with  mobile phone

Photo: Women of Takalafiya-Lapai village, Nigeria. Credit: World Bank

Public debt management has been attracting growing interest over the past decade for avariety of reasons from the success of the HIPC initiative to the ballooning of government debt outstanding in high income countries in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 crisis. However, retail debt programs, one of the long-established channels for government borrowing (e.g. 1861 in the case of the United Kingdom) have received far less attention. One of the reasons is that today's markets are highly institutionalized offering preference to collective investment vehicles and market infrastructures have adapted to the preferences of these large, wholesale buyers. Accordingly, retail debt programs represent a decreasing share of total government borrowing in many countries.

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