Jubilee Scotland campaign against unjust and unpayable global debt. The payment of debts from poor to rich countries diverts vital funds away from the needs of citizens: it inhibits efforts to eliminate poverty and suffering around the world. We want to see millions of people lift themselves out of poverty as governments in poor countries stop paying back these debts and invest more in education, healthcare and livelihoods.
Why does debt matter?
- high levels of debt and debt servicing drain national resources impacting governments ability to provide essential public services such as health, education, clean water
- debt conditionalities and obligations shift government obligations and priorities away from citizens and to international financial institutions and creditors
- debt conditionalities impose neoliberal economic model
What are unjust and unpayable debts?
- Unjust: debts made to undemocratic rulers, lent for arms sales, projects that harm human rights or the environment or which were given by the lender knowing that the debtor country would be unable to pay or that come with conditionalities that compromise the country’s sovereignty
- Unpayable: debts which cannot be repaid without grievously impairing a country’s ability to afford its key priorities, such as health, welfare and education.
Follow the links below to find out more about the debt crisis, the impact of debt, debt cancellation and the movement so far:
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