Jubilee Debt Campaign

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Jubilee Debt Campaign "is demanding an end to the scandal of poor countries paying money to the rich world. We are calling for 100% cancellation of unpayable and unfair poor country debts." [1]

"Jubilee Debt Campaign has its roots in Jubilee 2000 and earlier campaigns for the cancellation of poor country debt.

"Jubilee Debt Campaign came into being on 24 March 2001, a successor to the Jubilee 2000 campaign which had sought debt cancellation to mark the beginning of a new millennium." [2]

"In the UK, a variety of individuals and organisations had been arguing for debt cancellation since the early 1980s, and a Debt Crisis Network (DCN) had been formed to co-ordinate their lobbying. In February, 1996, DCN launched a round-Britain tour of African leaders. They had decided to provide a platform for distinguished Africans, led by ex-President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Archbishop Makhulu of Central Africa, to put the case for debt cancellation to the British people." [3]

"There seems to have been broad agreement,for a start,about the origins of Jubilee 2000.Far from being spontaneous, this was a well-grounded campaign,building on pre-existing networks from the 1980s. A number of NGOs, including Christian Aid, Tear Fund, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam and the World Development Movement, for example..." [4]


URL: http://www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk

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  1. About, Jubilee Debt Campaign, accessed July 20, 2010.
  2. History, Jubilee Debt Campaign, accessed July 20, 2010.
  3. Origins of the debt movement, Jubilee Debt Campaign, accessed July 20, 2010.
  4. Marjorie Mayo, ‘The World Will Never Be the Same Again’? Reflecting on the Experiences of Jubilee 2000, Mobilizing Globally for the Remission of Unpayable Debts, Social Movement Studies, Volume 4 Issue 2 2005, p.146.