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Hanging on a precipice: Public debt management research – Kenya

By Economic Justice

This study published by Tax Justice Network Africa sought to assess the implications of Kenya’s debt management on the advancement of human rights, and the 2030 Agenda. This necessitated the assessment of Kenya’s debt management frameworks, analysis of the implications of public debt on citizens, and assessment of the level of adoption of the 2030 Agenda in different facets of Kenya’s public finance space. The study was guided by research themes developed from the research questions.

The research themes included:
• Debt servicing and expenditure on sectors of the economy (including pro-poor sectors)
• Integration of human rights and the 2030 Agenda in Kenya’s planning and budgeting frameworks
• Kenya’s Debt data transparency
• Kenya’s Debt sustainability
• Kenya’s involvement in the multilateral agenda on debt

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Documentary: ‘A story told by women: fiscal austerity and indigenous territories’

By Economic Justice, Ecuador

In this documentary produced by Centro de Derechos Económicos y Sociales (CDES), the Women of Plan de Vida Fenashp in Ecuador, the Federation of Indigenous Organizations of Napo (FOIN) and the Union of People Affected by Chevron-Texaco (UDAPT) tell the story of their lives as women in their communities facing fiscal austerity as a consequence of high debt service payments.

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Diamond TV Zambia: “Debt and repercussions on the marginalised”

By Economic Justice, Zambia

The TV programme “Debt and repercussions on the marginalised” was broadcast on 23 June 2022 on Diamond TV Zambia. Panellists included Chama Mundia from JCTR and Mendai Imasiku from the Non-Governmental Gender Coordinating Council.

Watch the replay featuring JCTR

This programme was replicated as a radio show on 5FM Radio Zambia on 23 June 2022. Panellists included Chama Mundia from JCTR and
Claudia Pollen from the Consumer Unit Trust Society. You can listen here to the radio programme.

Infographic: Ghana and the debt crisis

By Ghana

Ghana passed quickly from being the poster child economy for West Africa to being one step away from losing its access to international capital markets.

Click here to see an infographic highlighting why urgent international support and a multilateral, inclusive debt workout mechanism is needed to help the country address its debt burden.

The infographic was published by the European Network on Debt and Development.

How to get to the bottom of a country’s debts?

By Debt Justice, Economic Justice

Debt audits can be a powerful tool to support civil society engagement in citizen assessment of debt impacts but also to increase citizens’ participation in public finance governance, leading to an increase in accountability and transparency and allowing for the identification of illegitimate debts at the national, regional and municipal level.

This briefing is a general introduction to debt audits, what they can contribute and their main characteristics, while also providing references to manuals and articles on debt audits. It is intended to support civil society organisations (CSOs) and government officials that are thinking about promoting a debt audit by providing some initial ideas about how to initiate this kind of process.

The briefing covers:

  • What is a debt audit?
  • What we can expect from a debt audit
  • What is analysed under a debt audit
  • How to start and continue the process
  • Difficulties that can be expected
  • Previous examples of debt audits
  • Resources and more information.

Grenada, Covid-19 and debt

By Debt Justice, Economic Justice, Grenada

While Covid-19 has had a limited impact on the health of Grenada’s population, the economic impact of the virus has been devastating.

This blog has been written by Jubilee Caribbean as part of a series of articles produced in conjunction with Eurodad on the implementation of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), to complement the report “Shadow report on the limitations of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative: Draining out the Titanic with a bucket?” published in October 2020.

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