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Financing resilient prosperity in SIDS

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ODI at the WBG/IMF Spring Meetings

ODI is convening a series of events in Washington DC during the week of the 2024 World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings.

For more information, including details on how to register, please visit our dedicated Spring Meetings webpage.


Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have achieved remarkable levels of growth in the past but suffer disproportionately from external shocks. Many are still reeling from the global financial crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic: coping with sluggish growth, insupportable debt burdens and insufficient – even declining – access to stable sources of financing. SIDS will be affected more rapidly and severely by global warming than any other group of nations. Resolving these momentous challenges, in an increasingly inhospitable and perilous world for SIDS, is both vital and daunting.

When SIDS Heads of State and Government and high-level representatives meet in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda from 27 to 30 May 2024, at the fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States, to agree an agenda for the next 10 years, they will set out reforms needed in the international finance and debt architecture for sustainable development and resilient prosperity.

This event brings SIDS finance ministers together with International Finance Institutions and development partners to identify concrete actions needed to ensure this vulnerable group of countries can access the finance needed to cope with shocks, manage debt sustainably and advance towards resilient prosperity over the next decade.


  • Andrew Herscowitz , ODI

    Andrew Herscowitz

    Executive Director, ODI North America

  • Edward-Mountfield headshot

    Ed Mountfield

    Vice President of Operations Policy and Country Services, World Bank

  • headshot_sarahhoward

    Sarah Howard

    Executive Producer, Twenty Twenty Studios

  • Gail Hurley

    Gail Hurley

    Independent Advisor, Senior Researcher on Debt and Development Finance

  • Manuela Francisco headshot

    Manuela Francisco

    Global Director of Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment, World Bank

  • Mark Flanagan headshot

    Mark Flanagan

    Deputy Director of the Strategy Policy and Review Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

  • Henry Mooney headshot

    Henry Mooney

    Economics Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank

  • H.E. Olavo Avelino Garcia Correia

    H.E. Olavo Avelino Garcia Correia

    Deputy Prime Minister of Cabo Verde