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PRESS RELEASE : UK to boost World Bank funding to help tackle global challenges [April 2024]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 17 April 2024.

Minister Mitchell announces £100 million hybrid capital contribution to help tackle urgent development issues, as he is due to attend the World Bank Spring Meetings.

  • UK to pledge £100 million to the World Bank to help unlock £1 billion of support in the next decade
  • Minister Mitchell, the UK’s Governor to the World Bank, will announce the UK’s contribution at the Spring Meetings in Washington DC today (Wednesday 17 April)
  • UK support will help developing countries tackle urgent development issues, such as climate change, food insecurity, pandemics, and poverty

The UK will today (Wednesday 17 April) announce a £100 million hybrid capital contribution to boost the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction & Development (IBRD), which will help tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges in the next decade.

The World Bank’s financial model means for every £1 it receives it can lend £10. The UK’s contribution of £100 million will unlock ten times as much lending – £1 billion – to tackle issues such as climate change, food insecurity, pandemics, and poverty in the next decade – and help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Hybrid capital is a financial innovation that allows World Bank shareholders, including the UK, to significantly expand the IBRD’s lending capacity through unilateral voluntary contributions of new funds at any time.

Deputy Foreign Secretary and Minister for Development and Africa Andrew Mitchell said:

Our pledge of £100 million for hybrid capital, which will unlock £1 billion of additional financing capacity over the next decade, recognises the need for urgent action to deliver real impact.

Over half of low-income countries are at high risk of debt distress and unable to access affordable finance to grow their economies. At the same time, shifting the dial on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and tackling global challenges, such as climate change, requires significantly higher volumes of finance.

The UK will be one of the first countries to make a hybrid capital contribution to the World Bank and is working in close coordination with its G7 partners to achieve the shared goal of building a bigger and better World Bank.

As set out in the UK’s white paper, the UK is also pushing Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), including the World Bank, to stretch their existing capital and implement reforms to make it easier for low-income countries to access the finance they need. Each year MDBs provide around £120 billion to support development and tackle climate change.


  • Hybrid Capital combines features of both debt and equity. It takes the form of a loan with no stated maturity date that pays a coupon (annual interest payment) and usually has no voting rights (ie it does not impact on the shareholding of the MDB)
  • all 189 member countries of the World Bank, including the UK, are shareholders