The efforts to support low income countries (LICs) with unsustainable debt burdens do not go far enough, the DRGR authors Kevin Gallagher, Shamshad Akhtar, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Ulrich Volz and Moritz Kraemer argue in a text published on the online presence of 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.
In the midst of the annual Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, the NY Times published an article on the “systemic risk” debt and climate change pose on the world economy, quoting the DRGR proposal.
As reported by Reuters, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said “green debt swaps have the potential to spur accelerated action on climate change in developing countries”, announcing appropriate instruments by November.
According to a new report by the United Nations, the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the fight against poverty and increasing global inequality. In its chapter on debt relief, the text refers to our proposal.
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).
According to the briefing “A debt pandemic: Dynamics and implications of the debt crisis of 2020”, public debt of developing countries has increased from an average of 40 to over 60 percent of GDP within the last ten years. More than one-third of the increase took place in 2020 alone.
The “Nature and Climate Sovereign Bond Facility” proposed in a report by Finance for Biodiversity aims to build on investor interest in green debt and create nature-performance bonds and other instruments that align payments with environmental outcomes.
Both in the EU and the USA the general idea of aligning debt relief with climate action is getting high level support.