The Response of the Multilateral Development Banks to the COVID-19 Pandemic


Mária Bábosik – Central Bank of Hungary, 1054. Budapest, Szabadság tér 9., Hungary


7th International Scientific ERAZ Conference – ERAZ 2021 – Selected Papers: KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT,  Online/virtual, May 27, 2021

ERAZ Conference Selected Papers are published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ conference partners: Faculty of Economics and Business, Mediterranean University, Montenegro; University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Bulgaria; Faculty of Commercial and Business Studies – Celje, Slovenia; AMBIS University, Prague – Czech Republic; Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ Conference 2021 Selected Papers ISBN 978-86-80194-47-9, ISSN 2683-5568, DOI:

Development assistance;
Health and economic crisis;
Pandemic recovery packages;
International development
finance institutions;
Sustainable development


Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to present the response of the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to the COVID-19 pandemic from its outbreak in January 2020 to May 2021. It focuses on the assistance they provided to their member countries during the health and economic crisis, the changes in their internal operations in the emergency situation and their vision of the post-pandemic future and future plans. The paper uses an analytical approach based on secondary research. Data is from open access sources through the Web. Findings show that MDBs reacted quickly, adapted and intensified their funding activity, adjusted their internal operation due to the pandemic and they are seeking to “build back better” in the future. It can be concluded, that the pandemic response of the MDBs has strengthened their role in the global development arena.

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