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Definition of Conditionality

What does Conditionality mean?


  1. the state of being conditional
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes

Alternative definition


  1. [uncountable] A state of being subject to conditions.
  2. [countable, economics, finance] A condition applied to the access of a government to credit facilities and other international financial assistance, especially from the IMF and the World Bank.


"Conditionality" is a book by Dragoslav Avramovic.


Conditionality is a concept in international development, political economy and international relations which describes the use of conditions attached to a loan, debt relief, bilateral aid or membership of international organizations, typically by the international financial institutions, regional organizations or donor countries.

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Google previewDeveloping Country Debt and Economic Performance, Volume 1 (2007)

The International Financial System by Jeffrey D. Sachs

One solution to the conundrum of why countries must be compelled to accept conditionality is the problem of "time consistency": a debtor government accepts ex ante the need for a policy adjustment as the quid pro quo for a loan, but the ;...

Google previewCurbing the Boom-bust Cycle (2005)

Stabilizing Capital Flows to Emerging Markets by John Williamson

Conditionality The only explicit conditionality is that required by the official sector, especially by the IMF. The conditionality required by the World Bank and the regional development banks is also, at times, of the macroeconomic character ...

Google previewThe Administration of Debt Relief by the International Financial Institutions (2008)

A Legal Reconstruction of the HIPC Initiative by Leonie F. Guder

Conditionality is a body of policies and procedures that member states to the IMF or the World Bank intend to follow as a condition for the use of IMF or World Bank resources, e.g. access to new loans, rescheduling or debt reduction. It links IMF ...

Google previewDeveloping Nations and the Politics of Global Integration (1995)

by Stephan Haggard

One feature of the new conditionality is the addition of conditions that are explicitly political, including human rights, participatory development, improved governance, and even democracy.

Google previewInternational Perspectives on Social Work in Health Care (1997)

Past, Present, and Future by Gail K. Auslander

Conditionality refers to the achievement of an agreed upon set of needs, programs and resources for and by a given population, and...

Google previewEuropean Union Enlargement (2011)

Background, Developments, Facts by Martin Sajdik, Michael Schwarzinger

Conditionality is a key element of the enhanced pre-accession strategy. The chapter “Conditionality” is formulated in the Partnerships of Accession in a very concise manner and may here be cited literally: The assistance of the Community  ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2013)

by R. J. Barry Jones

`Conditionality' is a term often associated with the conditions that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) imposes on developing and transitional economies wishing to receive its loans to finance balance-of-payments deficits. These conditions ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy: Entries A-F (2001)

by R. J. Barry Jones

conditionality instead leads to a further consolidation of UNDERDEVELOPMENT. Thus, writers such as Jack Woddis and Colin Leys have argued that governments in neo- colonial states were and are rarely puppet regimes in the literal sense ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Social Policy (2013)

by Tony Fitzpatrick, Huck-ju Kwon, Nick Manning, James Midgley, Gillian Pascall

VOETS CONDITIONALITY Conditionality refers to the criteria of eligibility. Although some benefits and services are thought of as unconditional, in actuality there is no such thing. Even supposedly unconditional benefits like a Basic ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Semantics (online) (2010)

by Keith Allan

The form if A, B is neither necessary nor sufficient for the expression of conditionality. Inverted forms, as in (3a), are used as conditional antecedents. Sentences like (3b) and (3c) also typically have conditional interpretations. (3a) Should the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Rights (2009)

by David P. Forsythe

Conditionality in trade, development, and cooperation agreements. The EU is the biggest donor in the world, accounting for 55 percent of development assistance. It therefore wields considerable leverage and has occasionally imposed ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Developing World (2013)

by Thomas M. Leonard

and loosened its conditionality. In addition, it developed longer term, Extended Fund facilities. In spite of these improvements, many developing nations still avoided the IMF,turninginstead to privatecredit sources, ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology (2010)

by George Ritzer, J. Michael Ryan

From this foundation there are five assumptions: process, emergence, agency, conditionality, and dialectics. Social objects are always in process even when maintaining stability. Structures exist as processes. Emergence means combinations ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resource, and Environmental Economics (2013)

Loan Condilionalily Before 1990 most long-term aid carried little or no effective forest conditionality. Partly in response to unsustainable forestry practices, starting during the 1990s increasingly specific reforms were attached to international ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Justice (2011)

A - I by Deen K. Chatterjee

The advent of the 1980s debt crisis and Bank-sponsored SAPs marked a shift from project to program lending and from narrow economic conditions to economy-wide conditionality. Since the 1990s, conditionality has broadened further to ...

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