For all accounts donors include bilateral and multilateral agents. Bilateral agencies are, for example, DFID, USAID, SIDA or JICA. Multilateral agencies include the World Bank, the IMF, the UN and its institutions, the EU and the regional development banks (AfDB, ADB, IDB). Although UN agencies are not so much Donors as managers of funds.
Loans less than a few thousand dollars can be considered microloans. Banks and organizations providing microloans to developing communities provide a vital service in the development of that community. Sometimes a loan of as little as $20 US can do its part to lift a family out of severe poverty.
2005 was the International Year of Microcredit