The International Development Association (IDA) is a World bank programme which lends funds at very low interest rates (0.5% over 30-40 years) to the world's poorest countries. IDA disbursed $5 billion in such "soft" loans to poor countries in the 1996 financial year. IDA programmes are funded for three-year periods by 33 donor countries. Sixty-nine countries, home to 80 percent of the world's people living in absolute poverty, are eligible for IDA loans; IDA's largest borrowers are India, China and Vietnam. The countries that receive IDA loans have an average income of $400.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.