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How far have we come on responsible finance standards?

Mathieu Vervynckt

22 Sep 2016 11:55:40

It’s been two years since Eurodad reported that for every $100 a developing country makes, $10 are lost, flowing out of the country. Although we’d been saying for many years that more money flows out of developing countries than goes in, I remember that the scale of it even came as a surprise to us.  But the reality is that developing countries continue to suffer from profits taken out by foreign investors, lending by developing countries to rich countries and particularly from illicit financial flows (IFFs). Last year’s “Mbeki report”, which had been commissioned by the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, estimated that Africa is losing more than $50 billion annually in IFFs. And, the report argued, “these estimates may well fall short of reality ...

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Why it would be good for the IMF if Greece stopped repaying the IMF loans

Bodo Ellmers

26 May 2015 17:14:35

By Bodo Ellmers   The creditor community has another shock and awe moment this week, as more and more influential actors argue that Greece should stop repaying the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans and instead use scarce public resources to tackle its economic and humanitarian crisis. While Prime Minister Tsipras still tries to ease the creditors, the idea is here to stay. And it is a good one: Greece should not just postpone loan repayments but default on them – stopping payments to the IMF for good. This would help to finally reform the IMF from the political puppet that it is now into a real and effective crisis response instrument. Risk-free lending can quickly become irresponsible lending Whoever loses in a debt crisis – and usually there are many losers – the IMF is always ...
This article is also available in French and Spanish.The prevention of debt crises and the way these crises are managed have a tendency to fail due to the lack of adequate institutions. While Europe is still struggling to solve the old debt crises, ...
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Experts warn human rights watchdog on rising activity by vulture funds

Eurodad

26 Mar 2015 11:11:22

By Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern At its 14th session, last February, the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee (“the Advisory Committee”) addressed for the first time the impacts of so-called vulture funds on human rights. “Vulture fund” is a generic name used to designate financial entities that use as a profit-making strategy the purchase of distressed debt owed by a sovereign debtor – that is, a State- on the cheap with the purpose of suing for the full amount once conditions for repayment improve. In a resolution adopted last September, the Human Rights Council entrusted the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee with the preparation of “a research-based report on the activities of vulture funds and the impact on human rights.” In preparation of that report it requested ...

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“Almost all” developing countries now vulnerable to financial crisis: sobering new report

Jesse Griffiths

05 Mar 2015 17:23:38

There are now two types of developing countries, and both have become increasingly vulnerable to financial crises in recent years. This is the main message of an impressive and sobering new report from inter-governmental think tank, the South Centre. The first type looks familiar to students of previous financial crises. They have “bubbles in domestic credit and asset markets” and are heavily dependent on external financing – so changes in exchange rates, or in the opinion of international investors, can spell disaster. The chart below shows that developing economies’ financial assets (that they own overseas) and liabilities (that foreigners own in their countries) have grown rapidly in the past decade. This means, of course, that they are now “closely integrated” into “an inherently ...
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced its intention to cancel almost $100m of debt owed by the Ebola-affected countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and announced it would provide $160m in new loans. Debt justice campaigns welcomed the ...
UN Financing for Development negotiations picking up speed Despite snowstorm warnings and ice-cold temperatures in New York, the Financing for Development (FfD) negotiations managed to pick up speed when governments convened for the first drafting session ...