The countries of the Global South have contributed little to climate change. But they are particularly vulnerable to its impacts. Now, as a result of COVID-19, debt levels in the Global South have skyrocketed. As a consequence, a triple crisis of health, climate change and lost development is looming. How can highly indebted developing countries respond to these challenges?
The World Bank and IMF are likely to announce a new debt relief initiative at COP26, tying debt relief to Green investment. At the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI), DRGR-author Stephany Griffith-Jones explains our proposal as an alternative based on the Brady Plan that helped Latin America in the 1970s/80s.
On Monday, 28. June 2021 the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the Centre for Sustainable Finance at SOAS University London and the Global Development Policy Center, Boston University hosted an expert webinar discussion and presentation of its new report.
A commentary by the DRGR authors Kevin Gallagher, Shamshad Akhtar, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Ulrich Volz and Moritz Kraemer, published at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).
At “Project Syndicate”, the DRGR authors Shamshad Akhtar, Ulrich Volz, Moritz Kraemer and Stephany Griffith-Jones warn against dangerous shortsightedness in sovereign-debt restructurings and suggest steps for comprehensive debt relief oriented around a green, inclusive recovery.
This Dev Talk, jointly hosted by the OECD Development Centre and the Boston University Global Development Policy Center, examined what debt-for-climate swaps entail and whether they can deliver with a speed and scale commensurate with the urgency of both crises.
At “Project Syndicate” Moritz Kraemer, Chief Economic Adviser of the risk consultancy Acreditus and former S&P’s sovereign chief ratings officer, addresses the reluctance of African countries to pursue restructuring of crushing debt burdens.