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When Forgiving Debt Pays Off

Debt forgiveness doesn't come easily to banks. But the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have decided to try it.

A number of debtor nations, starting with Uganda, will be forgiven their World Bank and IMF debts in order to help them reach economic stability. To qualify, developing countries must have a record of fiscal responsibility.

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For Uganda, which has tamed inflation and moved toward economic growth, the program will free up millions of dollars each year - money that reportedly will go toward expanded education for Ugandans.

We applaud this initial move, which is both well-intentioned and canny. In the long run, it should prove a sound investment in self-sufficiency.

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