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[1] A counterpart fund is a technique for turning foreign aid into reserves of domestic currency. They were used by the UNRRA, and the Marshall Plan in the rebuilding of Western Europe after the Second World War, and today remain a common technique for delivering developmental assistance.

One method of setting up a counterpart fund is to have businesses in the country receiving aid that want to import a commodity place an order with their government and pays for the import in their local currency. The government then uses some of their foreign assistance, still in the foreign currency, to pay for the goods. This makes importing far easier as the unstable currencies in developing nations are often of little international value. Agreements are also usually signed so that these imports can only come from the nation that gave the aid, benefiting the donor's export industry. Another method is for goods to be donated to a developing nation's government and for them to then sell the goods to the population, and use the proceeds to set up a fund.

The recipient government is also then left with the original payment in its domestic currency. These payments are amalgamated into a fund that is used to further fund development. This can take the form of investments in infrastructure or industry, paying down the debt or deficit, or stabilizing the currency. The investment of these funds can take the form of loans rather than grants, creating a permanent pool of investment capital. For instance, Germany's Marshall Plan counterpart funds were used to set up such an investment fund, and it is still in operation today.


  1. ^ Greg Behrman, The Marshal Plan, Aurum Press Ltd., 2008, pp. 178,179,232.

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Business World
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:33:45 -0800

He explained that for effective disbursement of the fund by the bank, the beneficiary states must sign the financing agreement form and return it to the bank through the federal government as well as pay their counterpart fund, just as he added that ...
Daily Trust
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:47:28 -0800

Dr Adubi said for effective disbursement of funds by the bank, benefitting states must sign a financing agreement form and return same to the bank through the federal government and also pay their counterpart fund. Responding, Governor Wada assured ...
Visayan Daily Star (press release)
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:26:15 -0800

Uy and Sagarbarria expressed elation over the information provided by the governor, saying that their LGUs are more than willing to also put up the 10 percent counterpart fund as required under the PRDP. In a press conference held at the L-Fisher Hotel ...
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:27:55 -0800

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Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:00:00 -0800

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:45:00 -0800

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:48:45 -0800

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