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New Background Paper on Lessons from the Brady Plan

The paper by DRGR authors Stephany Griffith-Jones, Kevin Gallagher, and Ulrich Volz reviews the main features of and experiences with the Brady Plan, which in 1989 laid the foundation for the restructuring of the sovereign debt of mainly Latin American countries. It argues that the combination of credit enhancement for restructured debt, moral suasion, and tax as well as regulatory relief to encourage private creditors to participate in debt restructurings may provide a template for addressing today’s sovereign debt problems.

Read Background Paper #7 here.

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10-Minute Explainer Video: Debt Relief & The Poorest Countries With Stephany Griffith-Jones

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, in which creditors would swap existing debt for guaranteed debt (with a haircut).

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New York Times Refers to DRGR in Comprehensive Article on Green Debt Relief

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.

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DRGR-Idea Reaches Central Players: IMF and World Bank To Present ‘Green Debt Swaps’ Option by November

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.

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“NewClimate Institute” Paper Examines Climate-for-Debt Swaps, Referring to DRGR

In the paper “Climate, COVID-19, and the Developing Country Debt Crisis” the research institute for climate policy examines the potential of climate-for-debt swaps and ways to define possible candidates.

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Ulrich Volz Presents DRGR Ideas in Report by Boston University

A new report by the Boston University Global Development Policy Center examines existing proposals to combat COVID-19. It features a chapter by DRGR author Ulrich Volz that draws from our report.

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Finance for Biodiversity Initiative Refers to DRGR-Proposal in “Greening Sovereign Debt” Report

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. 

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DRGR Co-Chair Argues “IMF’s Surcharges Unfit for Purpose” in the FT

Kevin Gallagher is professor and director of the Global Development Policy Center at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and one of the co-chairs of the DRGR project. In the Financial Times he takes issue with the surcharges that the IMF adds to the interest and fees on its loans.

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DRGR-Proposal Receives Recognition in Progressive International’s Policy Briefing

In the run-up to the G20 meeting on February 25 and 26, “Progressive International” featured the DRGR proposal in its policy briefing on “Debt Justice at the G20”.

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UNDP Discussion on DRGR-Proposal (Video)

On February 24, UNDP hosted an online-discussion on our proposal for Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery. Read the full announcement here.

Three of the report authors, Shamshad Akhtar, Stephany Griffith-Jones, and Ulrich Volz presented its key elements and calls for action.

They were then joined by the UNDP colleagues

  • Luis Felipe Lopez Calva (UN ASG and UNDP Director, RBLAC),
  • Celine Moyroud (UNDP Resident Representative, Lebanon) and
  • Raymond Gilpin (Chief Economist, UNDP Africa).

The discussion was moderated by George Gray Molina (GPN Chief Economist, UNDP). 

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