Debt Management for Development: Protection of the Poor and by Kunibert Raffer

By Kunibert Raffer

This publication exposes insupportable international double criteria within the therapy of borrowers and argues that equity, monetary potency and ideas universal to all civilized criminal platforms, needs to and will be utilized to so-called 'developing countries', or Southern sovereign borrowers. Tracing the background of Southern sovereign money owed, describing the severe function of non-governmental agencies (NGOs) in implementing advancements, and discussing technical debt matters, this booklet offers an answer incorporating the Millennium improvement pursuits (MDGs) as a suitable kind of debtor security. even supposing so much multilateral claims are statutorily subordinated to improvement wishes, multilateral associations wrongly declare most well-liked creditor prestige. They often violate their very own statutes. Kunibert Raffer discusses gives you and loans as alternative routes to finance the MDGs and improvement and valuable caveats on well-known debt data and symptoms are made. the results of the current US trouble also are mentioned, making fixing the endless debt challenge rather pressing. With cutting edge and never-before mentioned subject matters, this ebook will attract NGO staff, teachers and scholars in improvement or diplomacy and political reviews. in another country improvement associations, improvement co-operation ministries and departments also will locate this a really important reference instrument.

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Already in 2000 the NGO community spoke of the ‘betrayal of Cologne: twelve months of failure’ (Raffer and Singer, 2001, p. 190). It soon proved that reductions were too small. , 2001, p. , p. 54). ‘Topping up’ had to be invented, in the words of the G7 at their Kananaskis summit in 2002 with ‘additional assistance (or topping up) at the Completion Point’. In plain English this means that the embarrassment of inviability at ‘completion point’ was to be tackled by additional relief above what estimations under HIPC II had produced as ‘necessary’ reductions.

Only if this should prove insufficient at completion point IFIs would reduce their claims in a way preserving their wrongly claimed ‘preferred creditor status’. This allows IFIs to reduce their own claims less than other creditors having to bail out IFIs. In April 1997 Uganda became the first country to benefit from the initiative. Bolivia, Burkina Faso (initially categorized as ‘sustainable’), Guyana, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire – a country with an unusually large share of private debts still dating back to the time when it was widely presented as a ‘success’ – and Mozambique followed.

Attempts to establish an Asian Monetary Fund, disliked by the IMF and the US Treasury, were seen as the explanation of why the BWIs had not warned their Asian members. Conspiracy theories emerged, also fuelled by cheap sales of Asian assets to Euro-American foreigners. The fact that the IMF even identified foreign buyers for Korean banks certainly did not counteract such perceptions. Expanding Bhagwati’s expression to ‘Wall Street-Treasury-IMF complex’ Robert Wade asked why the IMF insisted on further capital account opening in countries ‘awash with domestic savings’, and why it did ‘so little to organize debt rescheduling negotiations’.

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