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Friday, 18 June 2010 10:48

Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire closed their first FPC CBP cycles during this period, presenting high-quality reports to national public and private sector stakeholders. Benin, Cameroon, Mali, Niger and Togo are also finalising their reports and preparing their closing workshops. Their analytical reports will soon be available on this site for download.

 
Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:42

Private Capital Flows to Low Income Countries: Dealing with Boom and BustThe FPC CBP released its final publication, analysing the impact of the global financial crisis on private capital flows to LICs. It is based on the analytical work conducted by the country teams in the FPC CBP participating countries, and contains many recommendations on how to maximise the contribution private flows make to development in LICs by reforming the global financial architecture, increasing and stabilising flows, changing their composition, accelerating diversification of sources and destinations, promoting dynamic sectors, responding to investor perceptions, and enhancing LIC monitoring, analysis and policymaking capacity. "Book Launch Tuesday 27 April 2010 from 17.30 - 19.00, at the Overseas Development Institute and online"

 
 
 
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 17:54

In 2009 CEMLA and DRI began a programme of intensive assistance to improve Haiti’s debt strategy, analysis and management, funded by CIDA. Following Haiti’s devastating earthquake the international community has been calling for creditors to cancel the country’s outstanding debt. One of the first countries to do so has been Venezuela which announced it will cancel Haiti’s debt of about US$290 million. In July 2009 Haiti received US$1.2 billion in debt relief from its major IFIs and Paris Club creditors having reached its HIPC completion point. However this relief only covered debts incurred before end-2004. Since then Haiti has accumulated new debts and at the time of the earthquake Haiti owed US$890 million, of which about US$281 million is owed to the IMF including a new disbursement of US$114 million following the earthquake.

For more details click here www.eurodad.org/, www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk and www.imf.org/external/.

 
 
 
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 17:52

CongoCongo is the 28th country to receive HIPC and MDRI debt relief, totalling US$1.9 billion. For more details, click here. Pole-Dette is continuing to provide assistance to Congo to improve its debt management, through the HIPC CBP, most recently through an institutional mission from 8 to 12 June 2009.

 
 
 
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 17:50

UnescoDFI has contributed a background paper for the 2010 UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report, which is published today, analysing the impact of the global financial crisis on African government budgets and education spending. The paper concludes that many countries have been given more “fiscal space” to spend more to counter the effects of the crisis, which has meant that only a few have cut education spending, but that much more could be spent and financed with grants or loans, without jeopardising macroeconomic stability or debt sustainability, or creating excessive aid dependency. To access the background paper, click here, and for the overall UNESCO report, click here. The work will continue and broaden to cover all IDA-only countries and health spending, with funding from Oxfam.

 
 
 
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 17:48

Networks_of_InfluenceA new book, Networks of Influence, published by Oxford University Press and edited by Leonardo Martinez-Diaz and Ngaire Woods, contains a chapter highly praising the HIPC Finance Ministers’ Network established by the HIPC CBP, for its influence on the design and implementation of successive debt relief initiatives. To quote Professor Gerald Helleiner, this “demand-driven, focused and flexibly structured network.. …successfully strengthened the voice of previously marginalised unheard actors on the global financial stage”. For more information on the book please click here, and for a copy please contact Matthew Martin at DFI. The network has been ended as of December 2009, but the DFI Group is continuing to promote the voice of low-income countries in global financial discussions at all opportunities.

 
 
 
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 17:37

ADB_DRI_PublicationA new book, published by the African Development Bank - Debt Relief Initiatives, Development Assistance and Service Delivery in Africa, and edited by Matthew Martin and Désiré Vencatachellum, traces the processes and methods by which debt relief and better aid have dramatically improved delivery of the MDGs (especially health and education) in low-income African countries since 2000. Analysing the picture for the whole continent, and case studies of Ghana, Malawi, Senegal and Uganda, it concludes that debt relief and other high quality aid such as budget support have made a marked difference to MDG progress. For more information on the book, please click here, and for a copy, please contact DFI.

 
 
 
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 17:34

As previewed last year, the IMF has introduced a new matrix for setting borrowing ceilings for low income country Fund programmes. The new matrix replaces conditions prohibiting contraction of debt with a grant element of less than 35%. Instead the borrowing ceiling will take account of a country’s debt vulnerability (measured by its DSF debt distress rating) and its macroeconomic and public financial management capacity (measured by CPIA and PEFA indices). Countries with high debt vulnerabilities and low capacity will face tighter concessionality requirements (minimum 35% grant element) than those with low debt vulnerabilities and high capacity (for the most more advanced LICs there will be no concessionality limit).

For a more detailed discussion of these limits see www.imf.org/external/ and www.imf.org

 
 
 
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:59

At a symposium in Vienna to prepare the 2010 UN Development Cooperation Forum, more than 180 international aid experts discussed how best to promote mutual accountability for aid effectiveness and results, and how to monitor and analyse the results of South-South cooperation. DFI prepared background analytical studies on mutual accountability and South-South-cooperation for the meeting. To access other documents relating to the meeting please click here.

 
 
 
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 14:09

DFI gave a keynote presentation at the 2009 UNCTAD Debt Management Conference in Geneva on why transparent debt strategies are essential. how to formulate and implement them, and what has been achieved so far in this field. To see the presentation, please click here.

 
 
 
Thursday, 01 October 2009 16:42

istanbul_079The last meeting of the HIPC Ministerial Forum took place in Istanbul on 3 October followed by a press conference on 4 October. This meeting focused on debt sustainability and the MDGs,climate change finance, and future plans for debt strategy capacity-building. To access the background paper click here and for the Ministers’ communiqué please click here.

 
 
 
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