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Presentation of the New DRGR-Report (Video)

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. Read the full announcement of the event here.

Five of the authors of our proposal “Securing Private Sector Participation and Policy Space for Sustainable Development” – Shamshad Akhtar, Kevin P. Gallagher, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Moritz Kraemer and Ulrich Volz – presented its key elements and calls for action.

They were joined by the following keynote speakers:

  • Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Louis Kasekende, Executive Director, Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa

Read the Blog Summary on the discussion by Rebecca Ray, Global Development Policy Center, Boston University, here.

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Securing Private Sector Participation and Policy Space for Sustainable Development

Presentation of a new proposal of the project “Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery”

Join the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the Centre for Sustainable Finance at SOAS University London and the Global Development Policy Center, Boston University for an expert webinar discussion and presentation of its ambitious proposal during London Climate Action Week on Monday, 28. June 2021 15:00 – 16:30 CEST.

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Meeting the Moment – Debt Relief for Middle Income Countries (Video)

On June 1 the T20-associated Webinar addressed the risk of external debt distress which middle-income countries are facing: As the world runs the risk of a financial crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic, MICs are showing particularly high vulnerabilities. This is worrying, as most of these countries are not covered by current debt relief schemes. Read the full announcement here.

Questions concerning the consequences of rising debt levels in MICs for the global community and ways to support affected countries were discussed by the following speakers, among them DRGR report authors Shamshad Akthtar and Kevin P. Gallagher:

  • Avinash PERSAUD, Special Envoy to Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados
  • Carmen REINHART, Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank Group
  • Shamshad AKHTAR, Chairperson, Pakistan Stock Exchange; Former Central Bank Governor and Minister of Finance, Pakistan
  • Rakesh MOHAN, President and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), India
  • Franco BRUNI, Vice President, ISPI; Lead Co-Chair, T20 Italy TF9 on International Finance
  • Kevin P. GALLAGHER, Director, Global Development Policy Center, Boston University; Co-Chair, T20 TF9 on International Finance

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Webinar: Meeting the Moment – Debt Relief for Middle Income Countries

ISPI, the T20 National Coordinator and Chair, and Boston University Global Development Policy Center are co-promoting the T20 Associated-event “Meeting the Moment: Debt Relief for Middle Income Countries”, in cooperation with the Creco Research Institute, the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, The Group of 24, the Centre for Finance and Development at the the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Labour 20 and LPEM FEB UI. The public webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 1 at 10 AM EST/4 PM CEST. It features Shamshad Akthar from the Core Group of the Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery Project, giving a preview of our next analysis.

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Online Roundtable Event: Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery in Nigeria?

The Centre for the Studies of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation are hosting an online event on ‘Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery in Nigeria?’ on Thursday, 8 April at 2 PM (WAT).

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Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery

Report, Videos and Slides of the Launch

On Monday, 16. November 2020, 2pm UTC, we launched the report “Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery“. It puts forth an ambitious proposal for concerted and comprehensive debt relief on a global scale to support sustainable recoveries, economic resilience, and a just transition to a low-carbon economy.
Here you find key elements of the proposal and the launch:

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PM Mia Mottley’s Keynote at the Launch of the Report

This is the transcript of Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s speech delivered at the launch of the report “Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery“. The transcript is not official – please listen yourself at the recording.

Thank you for that very kind introduction, Stephany, and also for your invitation to participate in this important forum and to share my thoughts on a most timely topic. I trust that it will add to the discourse that is occurring globally, but more importantly, that you get an insight into the challenges faced by us in small island developing states.

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Gordon Brown’s Keynote at the Launch of the Report

Transcript of the video provided by Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, for the launch of the report “Debt relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery”

This conference today is of utmost importance, and in the month that we have found that we have an American president committed to net carbon zero by 2050 and a Chinese president committed to net carbon zero by 2060, this meeting is of great global significance as we fashion the new building blocks to take us there.

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Pre-Launch Event at World Bank Hosted by German Executive Director

On Wednesday, 28. October 2020 the DRGR proposal received several positive commentaries at a pre-launch event at the World Bank. German Executive Director Jürgen Zattler invited multiple report authors to present the core ideas of our report.

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Invitation: Launch of the Report ‘Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery’

On Monday, 16. November 2020, 2pm UTC, we launch our first report. It puts forth an ambitious proposal for concerted and comprehensive debt relief on a global scale to support sustainable recoveries, economic resilience, and a just transition to a low-carbon economy.