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UN DESA World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022

The global economic recovery is facing significant headwinds amid new waves of COVID-19 infections, persistent labour market challenges, lingering supply-chain...

The role of the Institute of International Finance (IIF)

The G20 Finance Ministers’ and central bank Governors’ meeting (9-11 July) do not have mounting indebtedness by low- to middle-income...

Detailed list of Zambian creditors published

Dear colleagues, for all those following the Zambia case in the G20 Common Framework: As you all know, a new...

Powerful financial industry lobby group frustrates structural debt relief for poorest countries - SOMO report & tweets

The report by SOMO is available here: https://www.somo.nl/the-iif-debt-relief/

ODG : Publication Green Deals: Where is global justice? (Catalan, Spanish, English)

Publication Green Deals: Where is global justice? (Catalan, Spanish, English)
La Plateforme Française Dette et Développement

Taux d’intérêts financiers, désintérêt humain

La pandémie de Covid-19 et la crise économique ont frappé des pays pauvres déjà fragilisés par le poids d’une dette insoutenable....
La Plateforme Française Dette et Développement

No relief in sight: French private financial institutions demand debt service repayment despite the Covid crisis

Poor countries have already been weakened by unsustainable debt burden—now they are hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic...
Daniel Munevar

Making sense of Belize's Blue Bond Proposal

Lauded by its proponents as a “ground-breaking” and “innovative approach,” the proposal raises concerns upon closer review and is likely...
Jubilee Debt Campaign

Lower income countries spend five times more on debt than dealing with climate change

Jubilee Debt Campaign UK (JDC) released a briefing exposing how lower income countries are spending over five times more on...
Jubilee USA

Atlas of Vulnerability: Developing Countries and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic impacts developing countries worse than developed countries. When we look at the big picture, we see that...

No more loans? How Creditors Torpedo Debt Relief Initiatives

Jubilee Germany (Erlassjahr.de) has published a discussion paper on the market-access narrative, available in English and German. The debt relief...
SOMO

The IIF & debt relief: How the Institute of International Finance lobbies to prevent private debt relief for developing countries

This report exposes how the Institute of International Finance (IIF) has been given a privileged role by the G20 to...
ANND

Another Debt Crisis in the Making?

Debt crises have become more frequent across the world, especially in developing countries. More than 95 countries underwent some 600...

Briefing Paper: Why Emerging Markets Must Remain Wary of Taper Tantrum 2.0

Why Emerging Markets Must Remain Wary of Taper Tantrum 2.0 By Kavaljit Singh | Briefing Paper # 46 | September...

GLOBAL INCOME INEQUALITY, 1820-2020

In this paper, Lucas Chancel and Thomas Piketty mobilize newly available historical series from the World Inequality Database to construct world income distribution...
Finance Watch

Fiscal Mythology Unmasked: debunking eight tales about European public debt and fiscal rules

Europe faces serious environmental, economic and social challenges that require a rethink on public intervention. Not free to do as...
SOMO

Will the G20 let private finance escape debt relief once again?

The G20 Finance Ministers’ and central bank Governors’ meeting (9-11 July) does not have mounting indebtedness by low- to middle-income...
CAFOD

New Special Drawing Rights should tackle Covid, not lead to aid cuts or deepen the debt crisis

In late August the IMF is planning on creating $650 billion of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to strengthen global financial...
Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery

Securing Private Sector Participation and Creating Policy Space for Sustainable Development

A proposal by Ulrich Volz, Shamshad Akhtar, Kevin P. Gallagher, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Jörg Haas and Moritz Kraemer.
Daniel Munevar

Liquid illusions: Who really benefits from the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility?

During the past year, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in partnership with the US asset management firm PIMCO,...
Global Policy Forum

The new debt crisis and what to do about it

Global debt levels have been surging constantly over the past decade, and the need to fight the COVID-19 crisis with...
erlassjahr.de

Frequent arguments against the participation of multilateral development banks in debt relief

We have all discussed a lot about private sector involvement in the DSSI and the Common Framework, but there is another...
Third World Network

Special Drawing Rights: Saving the global economy and bolstering recovery in pandemic times

A summary of key issues emerging from recent high-level event on SDR recycling mechanisms, funds, and vehicles.
Iolanda Fresnillo

How to get to the bottom of a country's debts?

Debt audits can be a powerful tool to support civil society engagement in citizen assessment of debt impacts but also...
Daniel Munevar

Sleep now in the fire: Sovereign Bonds and the Covid-19 Debt Crisis

Public debt levels have been on the rise over the past decade and this dynamic has been exacerbated further by...
erlassjahr.de

Analysis 102: Climate change, Debt and COVID-19

A new study from Bread for the World and erlassjahr.de, 'Climate change, Debt and COVID-19: Analysing the Triple Crisis with a New Climate Disaster...

Global austerity alert: Looming budget cuts in 2021-25 and alternative pathways

The Global Austerity Alert is published by ITUC, Public Services International, Bretton Woods Project, Third World Network, Arab Watch Coalition...
Chiara Mariotti

The trillion dollar question: What difference will the IMF’s new SDRs allocation make to the world’s poorest?

The US$650 billion allocation of SDRs proposed by the IMF will not support the post-Covid economic recovery of the poorest...
Daniel Munevar

A debt pandemic: Dynamics and implications of the debt crisis of 2020

Our latest briefing provides an overview of the dynamics and implications of the 2020 sovereign debt crisis. The prioritisation of...

Eurodad Strategic Plan

Eurodad's Strategic Plan sets ambitious goals to help achieve: tax justice to stem the loss of resources in developing countries; ending debt crises...
Daniel Munevar

Suriname's debt crisis

Eurodad #debtfacts
Daniela Gabor

The Liquidity and Sustainability Facility for African sovereign bonds: who benefits?

The aim of this paper is to contribute to an informed dialogue on the most appropriate forms of development finance...
Iolanda Fresnillo

Zambia & the G20 Common Framework

Eurodad #debtfacts
Daniel Munevar

Dam debt: Understanding the dynamics of Suriname’s debt crisis

In November 2020, Suriname joined ranks with Zambia, becoming the second country to default on its sovereign debt in the...

Left in the lurch: Debt and Covid-19 in Ecuador, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines and Zambia

Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

The Pandemic Papers: Reviews of Covid-19's impact on debt and development finance

In this compilation of reports and briefings released throughout 2020, we review the impact of the pandemic on debt and...
Iolanda Fresnillo

A tale of two emergencies - the interplay of sovereign debt and climate crises in the global south

Our latest report focuses on the climate emergency and how it has become a wider focus of policy discussions around...

Financing Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. An analysis and assessment of innovative policy options

the Global Policy Forum  has realeased a briefing paper on December 4th : Financing Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19...

Erlassjahr : Focus Paper 2: China as a Creditor of Countries in the Global South (2020)

The People's Republic of China is currently the most important bilateral lender for numerous countries in the Global South. This has...

Realising women's rights: the role of public debt in Africa

By Gender And Development Network and Jubilee Debt Campaign. 
Daniel Munevar

Back to the Future: A sovereign debt standstill mechanism - IMF Article VIII, Section 2 (b)

A new Eurodad report has identified an available IMF mechanism to impose debt standstills: Article VIII, Section 2 (b) of...
Daniel Munevar

Financiamiento de emergencia para Economías de Bajos Ingresos

La crisis de Covid-19 tiene el potencial de devastar el sustento y las vidas de los 1.200 millones de personas...

Care debt: patriarchy and capital on the offensive, feminist economics as a proposal

Published by Debt Observatory in Globalisation (ODG)

IMF lending and austerity post Covid-19

Eurodad has just published a new report on the impact of the crisis in developing countries:Arrested development: International Monetary Fund lending...
Daniel Munevar

Arrested Development: International Monetary Fund lending and austerity post Covid-19

A Eurodad-led review reveals insufficient and inadequate multilateral response to the Covid-19 pandemic on the part of the IMF, locking a...

Repeat Prescription: The impact of the World Bank’s Private Sector Diagnostic Tools on developing countries

The World Bank exerts influence over the development policies of low and middle income countries. It does this through various...
Daniel Munevar

Moratoria de la deuda para 69 Economías de Bajos Ingresos

Evaluación de costos de una moratoria de la deuda para enfrentar la crisis de COVID-19 Este informe proporciona una evaluación...
Daniel Munevar

Emergency financing for Low-Income Economies to tackle Covid-19

This briefing is provided to inform development of policy responses to the Covid-19 crisis and in support of calls from...
Daniel Munevar

A debt moratorium for Low Income Economies

This briefing provides an assessment of the costs and implications of an immediate debt moratorium for 69 countries classified as...
Veronica Serafini

Una nueva crisis de deuda amenaza los derechos de las mujeres

El elevado nivel de endeudamiento y los crecientes pagos de deuda en muchos países del Sur está esquilmando los recursos...
Iolanda Fresnillo

Fuera de servicio: Cómo amenaza a los servicios públicos y los derechos humanos la creciente crisis de la deuda

Los servicios públicos desempeñan un papel fundamental en los avances en materia de derechos humanos y lucha contra la desigualdad....
Iolanda Fresnillo

Resumén: Fuera de servicio: Cómo amenaza a los servicios públicos y los derechos humanos la creciente crisis de la deuda

Los servicios públicos desempeñan un papel fundamental en los avances en materia de derechos humanos y lucha contra la desigualdad....
Iolanda Fresnillo

Briefing: Out of Service: How public services and human rights are being threatened by the growing debt crisis.

Public services play a critical role in advancing human rights and fighting inequality. However, growing levels of external public debt,...
Iolanda Fresnillo

Out of service: How public services and human rights are being threatened by the growing debt crisis

Public services play a critical role in advancing human rights and fighting inequality. However, growing levels of external public debt,...

Erlassjahr Focus Paper 1: Action, not obstruction! (2019)

Read the paper Focus Paper 1: Action, not obstruction! (2019) by Kristina Rehbein

Austerity: The new normal

This new report by Isabel Ortiz and Mathew Cummings is co-sponsored by Initiative for Policy Dialogue, International Confederation of Trade...
Mark Perera

Podemos resolverlo: Los 10 principios de la sociedad civil para la resolución de la deuda soberana

Ahora existe un amplio consenso en las comunidades financieras y de desarrollo internacionales de que está creciendo una nueva ola...
Mark Perera

We can work it out: 10 civil society principles for sovereign debt resolution

There is now widespread consensus within the international finance and development communities that a new wave of debt crises is...

Debt and gender equality: How debt-servicing conditions harm women in Africa

by Dinah Musindarwezo (Womankind Worldwide) and Tim Jones (Jubilee Debt Campaign UK)
Jubilee Debt Campaign

Transparency of loans to governments

Transparency of debt information is good for everyone. It gives lenders more certainty about the basis upon which they are...

Transparency of loans to governments

Transparency of debt information is good for everyone. It gives lenders more certainty about the basis upon which they are...

Debt Cancellation for Somalia: The road to Peace, Poverty Alleviation and Development

As a result of protracted conflict and devastating recurring droughts, Somalia is one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most troubled and underdeveloped countries.

Joint Civil Society Submission to the UNCTAD

The second session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Financing for Development will focus on the action areas of...

Civil Society position on the IMF and World Bank Debt Sustainability Framework Review

Civil Society position on the IMF and World Bank Debt Sustainability Framework Review submitted in June 2016.

Six key points about Greek debt and the forthcoming election

Eurodad member Jubilee Debt Campaign have put together a briefing of six key facts about Greece’s debt ahead of the country's elections...
Jesse Griffiths

The State of Finance for Developing Countries 2014

This report provides the most comprehensive review of the quantity of different financing sources available to developing countries, and how...