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Debt

 Many resources are courtesy of Christian Concern for One World (CCOW) www.ccow.org.uk

Campaigning Groups

 

The Jubilee Debt Campaign website offers information about the latest issues and events, including a newslettercountry reports -- at present these cover Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya and Liberia. page, worship resources, and reports. JDC is also building a series of

Many Christian and secular agencies who were and are part of the Jubilee coalitions have their own websites with materials on debt. Some of the most well-resourced are:

The Eurodad website offers brief overviews of key areas (the debt situation as a whole, multilateral debt, bilateral debt, illegitimate debt, debt sustainability etc) . . . but is unusually helpful in that at the end of the brief articles, you get a list of the most recent news items on that particular area, coupled with a list of the latest reports on general and specific topics. If you want to keep up to date on debt and aid, you can also subscribe on the website to Eurodad's e-newsletters, which provide up-to-date news and analysis on these issues. Eurodad also has a list of its members with links to their websites, so that you can find out more about what is happening in other countries.

Jubilee USA Network is a good source of up-to-date news on the latest developments in debt and debt campaigning. The network also has a wide variety of resources, and is particularly strong on resources for churches.

The website for Afrodad, the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development, offers many resources, including recent articles from various media about current debt issues and some publications on illegitimate debt in the DRC and Malawi. Please note, however, that many areas of the site are not accessible even to the registered user.

Jubilee South, a network of 85 anti-debt groups from over 40 countries in the Africa, Asia/Pacific, and Latin American regions, has a website which contains numerous resources from member groups on privatisation and conditionality, illegitimate debt and ecological debt, in which the South are the creditors. In addition, if you read Spanish and want to get a really good sense of where the Latin American campaigns are going, go to the Jubileo-Sur email archives.

The Bretton Woods Project, offers a critique of the International Financial Institutions and includes up-to-the-minute news and analysis of their actions.

Government and IFI Resources

The World Bank's Economic Policy and Debt page offers links to the large number of materials that document the Bank's involvement with debt issues. Resources range from an overview of debt relief in general, a fact sheet on the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative and the "HIPC at a Glance Guide" to full volumes on how recommendations are implemented and the implications for various countries.

The IMF's resources include a fact sheet on HIPCs which has links to publications, including "Can Debt Relief Boost Growth in Poor Countries" (while some would take issue with aspects of this paper, it points out quite clearly that debt relief can boost growth, and that debt servicing discourages public investment -- not surprising, but handy to have the confirmation from the IMF itself) and country documents for HIPC.

The UK Government's work on debt relief can be accessed on a very clear and full page on the Treasury website entitled Debt Relief for Poverty Reduction and through DFID.

Databases, Think Tanks and More . . . .

If you're looking for comprehensive coverage of a particular area, such as debt relief for a particular country, try ELDIS, the University of Sussex's magnificent database of reports from around the world on development issues. You can also sign up for ELDIS's "Aid and Debt Reporter," an email newsletter with summaries of reports in the area.

Choike, a "portal on Southern civil societies" has an "external debt" page with links to organisations, reports and resources. The focus of the coverage is on institutions themselves (IFIs, etc) and both Northern and Southern campaigns and coalitions.

Jubilee Research at nef has a very valuable archive, as well as good short articles and responses to current stories and issues.

Debt isn't one of the primary foci of the Overseas Development Institute's work, but their panel evaluating the HIPC initiative (July 2006) raises many key issues and has an interesting mix of panelists from the World Bank, Jubilee Debt Campaign, and the academy. Audio and powerpoints from the meeting are available on the website.

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