Reuters Highlights Jubilee's Efforts on Special Drawing Rights

Reuters features the open letter Jubilee and over 200 organizations sent to the IMF urging a new allocation of special drawing rights. Read an excerpt below, and click here for the full story.

More than 200 groups urge G20 to back IMF issuance to help poor countries in pandemic

By Reuters Staff

In an open letter to the International Monetary Fund and G20 finance ministers, the groups said a new allocation of SDRs would boost the reserves of all countries and avoid pushing low- and middle-income countries further into debt distress.

G20 finance ministers and central bankers will discuss a possible SDR issuance - a move akin to a central bank printing money - when they meet by video conference on Friday. Proponents note that such a move will not add cost for the IMF members.

Italy, which leads the G20 this year, is pushing for a smaller $500 billion allocation of SDRs, which can be converted to hard currency by IMF members - a move backed by France, Germany and others, but still lacking support from Washington.

 

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More than 215 Groups Call on G20 to Access $3 Trillion in Global Reserve Funds for Developing Countries

Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network Urge President Biden to Aid World's Poor

Washington DC – More than 215 organizations sent a letter to the G20 and IMF to issue $3 trillion in global reserves, known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). Spanning the globe, the signers argue that SDRs will help countries suffering from the coronavirus crisis and, "send a strong signal of renewed multilateral coordination..."

"For many countries, access to Special Drawing Rights is the only way to afford urgent coronavirus spending needs while avoiding a debt crisis," said Aldo Caliari, Senior Director of Policy and Campaigns of Jubilee USA Network, one of the letter drafters and leaders of the initiative.

On Friday, G20 finance ministers meet on the global coronavirus crisis response for the first time under the Italian G20 Presidency and will discuss SDRs.

"A new and significant allocation of SDRs would bring liquidity that countries urgently need and help stabilize their economies," explained Patricia Miranda, Advocacy Coordinator of the Latin American network LATINDADD, another drafter of the letter.

On Tuesday, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network sent a letter to President Biden also urging SDRs action. The letter from the largest religious group in the United States and the interfaith development group encouraged the US to lead on a range of global pandemic response efforts, including increasing development funds and expanding debt relief. The letter sent to Biden also raised the need to put in place measures to prevent another economic crisis from happening.

Read the letter from 217 groups to the IMF and G20 here.

Read the press release on the letter to President Biden from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network here.

Read the letter to President Biden from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network here.

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Reuters and US News Feature Joint USCCB-Jubilee Letter to President Biden

Reuters and US News feature Jubilee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' joint letter to the Biden Administration for global debt relief. Read an excerpt below, and click here for the full story.

U.S. Catholic leaders urge Biden to lead drive for more aid to poor countries

By Andrea Shalal

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and an alliance of faith groups urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to back a big boost in the International Monetary Fund’s emergency reserve funds to help poor countries devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Biden, the governing body of the church said the United States should take urgent action to help the poorest countries on humanitarian grounds, but also to shore up its own economic interests and bolster trade with the developing world.

“The U.S. government is vital to ensuring the world emerges from this pandemic with greater resilience,” the groups wrote, citing a World Bank estimate that the pandemic would push as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty this year.

 

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Devex Highlights Joint USCCB-Jubilee Letter to President Biden

Devex highlights Jubilee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' letter to the White House for global debt relief expansion. Read an excerpt below, and click here for the full story.

In Brief: Catholic bishops call on Biden to expand debt relief, aid

By Adva Saldinger

The G-20 group of countries is nearing a consensus for an issuance of about $500 million worth of SDRs, but it is unclear if the Biden administration will support the move. Former President Donald Trump’s administration had opposed it. A $3 trillion issuance would require congressional approval, adding a hurdle that could be avoided with the smaller issuance.

The letter, sent by USCCB and the Jubilee USA Network, also calls for debt relief to be extended beyond the lowest-income countries and made available to middle-income nations. The G-20’s “Common Framework” debt process should “include the private sector, be timely, and cut debts to sustainable levels while lifting social protections and reducing poverty,” the letter states.

 

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The Record, Catholic Spirit and Catholic News Service Feature USCCB-Jubilee Letter to President Biden - Jubilee USA Network

The Record, Catholic Spirit and Catholic News Service feature Jubilee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' letter to the White House for global debt relief expansion. Read an excerpt below, and click here for the full story.

Religious leaders urge Biden to support global coronavirus aid, debt relief

By Dennis Sadowski

Two religious leaders, including the chairman of a U.S. bishops’ committee, urged the Biden administration to support the release of $3 trillion in global reserve funds to help developing countries respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Writing Feb. 23 to the White House, the leaders also called on the Group of 20 nations, or G-20, and private groups to cancel all debt and increase aid for the poorest developing countries, stop tax avoidance and create a permanent global bankruptcy process to prevent future economic crises.

“The letter lays out a road map on how to deal with the structures that cause poverty, inequality and the challenges we now face in this great economic crisis,” said Eric LeCompte, executive director of Jubilee USA, an alliance of faith-based development and advocacy groups that spearheaded the effort.

The letter to Biden comes after the president attended the Group of 7, or G-7 virtual summit of major industrialized countries Feb. 19, during which he pledged the United States would return to a multilateral approach in tackling global challenges.

 

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Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network Ask Biden for Global COVID Aid and Debt Relief

$3 Trillion in Global Reserve Funds Should be Released to Support Developing Countries, Encourage Faith Leaders

Washington DC – The Biden Administration should support the release of $3 trillion in global reserve funds to support developing countries confront the COVID pandemic, say the US Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network in a letter to President Biden. The letter also encourages the G20 and private groups to cancel debts for suffering developing countries, stopping tax avoidance, increasing aid and creating a permanent global bankruptcy process to prevent future economic crises.

"The U.S. should support policies that include public budget transparency, raising revenues in the developing world through stopping corruption and tax evasion, responsible lending and borrowing, common good trade agreements and implementing a global bankruptcy or crisis resolution process," wrote Bishop David J. Malloy, Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network. 

The letter to Biden comes after he attended last week's G7 Summit and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen meets this week with G20 finance ministers on pandemic response. The G7 and G20 are currently debating debt relief and the size of a creation of general reserve funds or Special Drawing Rights.

"Given the pandemic’s effects in developing countries, the U.S. Government must lead the world in accessing emergency reserve funds, or what’s known as the creation of the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). These generated funds were crucial in supporting economies to survive the 2008 financial crisis," noted Malloy and LeCompte. "We welcome the emerging consensus in the G20 to create $500 billion in SDRs. We urge your Administration to lead a response with the G20, IMF and Congress, that would generate a $3 trillion SDR issuance that would immediately deliver $1 trillion to all developing countries."

The letter on behalf of the largest US religious group, the Catholic Church, and the interfaith religious development group, Jubilee USA detailed concerns of the pandemic's impact on poverty and inequality, "...more than 495 million jobs are lost across the global economy, and the World Bank says that as many as 150 million people will fall into extreme poverty this year." The letter also thanked the Biden Administration for commitments on debt relief and for making changes to the financial system.

"The Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA are urging both short-term solutions to resolve the current crisis and long-term solutions to prevent the next one," stated LeCompte. "We need more aid and debt relief now for developing countries. We need a bankruptcy process, better trade agreements and to stop tax avoidance and corruption to prevent the next crisis."

Read the joint US Conference of Catholic Bishops/Jubilee USA Network Letter to President Biden here

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Senate Confirms United Nations Ambassador

Washington DC – The Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

Eric LeCompte, the Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network and a United Nations expert, releases the following statement on the confirmation of Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US Ambassador to the UN:

“From climate change to the health and economic crises spurred by the coronavirus, Thomas-Greenfield has the right experience to help solve the urgent challenges facing the United Nations.

"She has a strong and proven diplomatic background. 

“At a time when the UN focuses on African countries struggling with access to vaccines, skyrocketing poverty and debt crises, her knowledge of the region will be an asset.”

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G7 Discusses Vaccines, Debt Relief, Tax Plans and Climate Change

Biden Commits $4 Billion for Vaccine Distribution in Developing Countries

Washington DC – G7 presidents and prime ministers, hosted by the United Kingdom, met virtually on coronavirus recovery plans. The G7 Summit focused on vaccine access, debt relief, curbing tax avoidance and climate change. President Biden pledged $4 billion to bring vaccines to poor countries at his first international summit.

“G7 vaccine commitments are essential. Without global access to vaccines, we don't have a path out of the health or economic crisis,” said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA Network. Jubilee USA Network tracked G7 meetings for the last 20 years. “Developing countries will need more aid and significant debt relief to be able to fully combat the health and economic shocks caused by the pandemic.”

The G7 leaders picked up from last week's G7 finance ministers discussion on a process to reduce debts of poor countries and using global reserve funds or Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). The leaders endorsed the full and transparent implementation of a G20 process to reduce debt for poor countries, the "Common Framework for Debt Treatment beyond the Debt Service Suspension Initiative."

"For countries to get through this crisis, they need to have debts cancelled," noted LeCompte, a United Nations finance expert. "Debt reduction processes must include the private sector and be expanded to more developing countries who need relief."

The current G20 debt relief process, authorized last year, is available to the 77 poorest countries. However, development groups argue many developing countries cannot access the current process. Further on the economic front, the summit agreed to move forward stronger international tax plans later in the year.

Climate was another priority focus during the G7 meeting. The US recently rejoined the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on climate, and the UK hosts a climate summit at the end of the year.

“Given the influence of the G7, strong G7 commitments on combating climate change can translate into stronger global climate policies,” stated LeCompte.

President Biden committed to come in person to Great Britain in June for the G7 Summit, planned to take place in the seaside town of Cornwall. In addition to the US and UK, the G7 includes Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan.

Read about the Feb. 19th G7 finance ministers meeting and agenda here.

Read the G7 Summit communiqué here.

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National Catholic Reporter Features Eric LeCompte on Luis Miranda and Puerto Rico

National Catholic Reporter quotes Eric LeCompte on the analysis of Luis Miranda's trajectory and the importance of his advocacy efforts to support Puerto Rico. Read an excerpt below, and click here for the full story.

Luis Miranda: He gets the job done

By Christopher White

Luis began as a special adviser for Hispanic affairs to Koch in the 1980s where he learned to both organize and use data to his advantage. A decade later, he founded the Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit organization that would champion the needs of the city's Latinos. New York politicians soon learned they couldn't win without the Latino vote, and most realized that if they were going to have any luck securing it, they couldn't win without Luis.

As Luis works his way through the halls of Congress, the streets of Manhattan, and jets back and forth to Puerto Rico, there's tireless movement and chaos in his orbit. The one constant, centering force: his family. Luis' daughter, Luz Miranda-Crespo, serves as the chief financial officer of the MirRam Group, the political and nonprofit consulting and communications firm he founded with Roberto Ramirez in 2000. Long before "Hamilton," Luis was involved in marketing Lin's theatrical endeavors and connecting him with potential agents and investors. And for the entire Miranda family, all of their endeavors are intertwined with Luis' beloved homeland 2,600 miles from New York.

In 2015, when Puerto Rico's Gov. Alejandro Padilla announced that the island could no longer pay its debts, much of the world ignored the financial devastation facing the island. "The Mirandas were really some of the only people paying attention," Eric LeCompte, executive director of Jubilee USA Network, an interfaith advocacy coalition, told me. Lin took to the pages of The New York Times to issue a plea for help, and both father and son lobbied Congress for emergency debt relief.

"The word 'hero' is appropriate," LeCompte said in describing their efforts. "Luis has a profound sense of justice. Lin grew up seeing his father confront social injustices and it inspired him, and now Lin is following Luis' lead."

 

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Jubilee USA Letter to G20 Calls for Quick Special Drawing Rights Allocation

Jubilee USA, working with global partners, launched an open letter to G20 Finance Ministers and the IMF calling for a quick allocation of global reserve funds – Special Drawing Rights – to support developing countries' global coronavirus crisis response and recovery efforts. 

Open Letter to G20 Finance Ministers and the IMF: Civil Society Organizations Call for Quick Special Drawing Rights Allocation

COVID-19 spurred health, social and economic crises that hit developing countries the hardest. The pandemic deepened development and inequality challenges and erased years of progress on poverty reduction and women’s rights. Countries continue to face fallen revenues, lower foreign exchange earnings and higher fiscal and debt burdens. Many of these countries cannot afford expenditures vital to bring the pandemic under control, increase social protection to survive lockdowns and prepare to recover with equity and resilience. Of the trillions spent on stimulus packages around the world so far, wealthy countries account for 88 percent, while developing countries account for the rest.

A multilateral solution is needed. One that will not push low- and middle-income economies into further debt distress. To that end, we ask that you urgently support a new allocation of IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) in the amount of US$3 trillion. We believe that an allocation of this size is required to address the real needs in a decisive and sustainable way. In 2009, the international community responded to a crisis of much smaller scope and proportions with an allocation of US$250 billion in Special Drawing Rights. This initiative had a significant role in restoring market confidence and supporting global recovery. Last year, even before the scale of this crisis was clear, IMF estimates placed emerging economies’ financing needs at US$2.5 trillion.

A new and significant allocation of SDRs would enable countries to boost reserves and stabilize economies, helping to minimize other economic losses. It would free up funds urgently needed for the pandemic response, including gender-responsive public health systems, universal social protection and comprehensive vaccine rollouts. It would also provide much-needed foreign exchange resources to countries whose capacity to earn them continues to be severely constrained in the short to medium term. SDRs do not add to countries’ debt burdens, promote debt sustainability and do not represent a loss for anyone – only a gain. Importantly, they would provide a liquidity injection with economic stimulus benefits worldwide.

So far, the international financial response to the pandemic crisis fails to uphold the standard of solidarity we all should expect in the face of such threat. A new SDR allocation would send a strong signal of renewed multilateral coordination that puts life first and is within your immediate reach. We ask for your leadership in ensuring the international community rises up to this historic moment to do what is needed.

SIGNED:

ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Act Church of Sweden
  2. ActionAid International
  3. ADRA
  4. Africa Community Engagement
  5. Africa Faith and Justice Network
  6. Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust
  7. African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)
  8. African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)
  9. Agir ensemble pour les droits humains
  10. American Friends Service Committee
  11. Arab Watch Coalition
  12. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
  13. Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad, Colombia-LA
  14. Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA)
  15. Association of Women of Southern Europe AFEM
  16. Avaaz
  17. Bretton Woods Project (BWP)
  18. CARE International
  19. Center for Democracy and Development (CDD)
  20. Center for economic and policy priorities
  21. Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
  22. Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
  23. Center for Participatory Research and Development-CPRD
  24. Christian Aid
  25. CODEPINK
  26. COPE Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti
  27. DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era)
  28. DIAKONIA
  29. Documentation and Infomation Network for Indigenous peoples Sustainability (DINIPS)
  30. Dominican Leadership Conference
  31. Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA Africa
  32. Equal Asia Foundation
  33. Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia
  34. East African Budget Network
  35. European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD)
  36. Feminist Task Force
  37. FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development
  38. FONDATION EBOKO
  39. Gender Action
  40. Gender and Development Network
  41. Gestos Brazil, Latin America
  42. Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
  43. Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFoD)
  44. Global Policy Forum
  45. Indigenous Peoples Global Forum for Sustainable Development, IPGFforSD (International Indigenous Platform)
  46. Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Africa
  47. Institute for Economic Justice South Africa
  48. Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Loreto Generalate
  49. Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos (INESC)
  50. Instituto para el desarrollo y la paz amazónica
  51. International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  52. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific)
  53. Jubilee Debt Campaign UK
  54. Jubilee USA Network
  55. Latin American Network for Economic and Social Rights (LATINDADD)
  56. Lithuanian NGDO Platform
  57. MY World Mexico
  58. Norwegian Church Aid Regional office in Southern Africa
  59. Observatori del Deute en la Globalització
  60. Observatorio Cidadão para Saúde
  61. Oikos – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento
  62. OXFAM INTERNATIONAL
  63. Public Eye
  64. Recourse, Europe
  65. Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y El Caribe
  66. SERR Latin America
  67. Social Justice in Global Development
  68. Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN)/Afrihealth Optonet Association
  69. Society for International Development (SID)
  70. Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute
  71. Stand.earth
  72. Temple of Understanding
  73. The Human Rights and Privatization Project, NYU School of Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
  74. Third World Network (TWN)
  75. Tripla Difesa Onlus
  76. Uhuru Community Development Project
  77. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights
  78. Urgewald e.V.
  79. VIVAT International
  80. WaterAid
  81. WEMOS
  82. Women Engage for a Common Future – WECF
  83. Women in Migration Network – WIMN
  84. Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD)
  85. 11.11, Belgium
  86. Abibiman Foundation, Ghana
  87. ACEP – Portugal
  88. Action Corps, United States
  89. Action Développement et Intégration Régionale, Burundi
  90. ActionAid – Sierra Leone
  91. ActionAid USA, United States
  92. Africa Global Wealth Creation, Kenya
  93. Ageing Nepal, Nepal
  94. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations AFL-CIO, USA
  95. Alliance for Empowering Rural Communities, Ghana
  96. Asociación COVIDA, Colombia
  97. Association for Promotion Sustainable Development, India
  98. ASSOCIATION MALIENNE POUR LA SAUVEGABIF, Mali
  99. ASSOCIATION POUR LES VICTIMES DU MONDE, Cameroon
  100. Association pour l’Integration et le Developpement Durable au Burundi (AIDB), Burundi
  101. Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad, Bangladesh
  102. Bread for the World – USA
  103. Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation
  104. CAFOD, United Kingdom
  105. CAFSO-WRAG for Development, Nigeria
  106. Campaign for Human Rights and Development International – Sierra Leone
  107. Carbone Guinée, Guinea
  108. Caritas – Ghana
  109. CCFD-Terre Solidaire – France
  110. CDIA, Paraguay
  111. Cedecam, Nicaragua
  112. Center for Peace Education and Community Development, Nigeria
  113. Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, India
  114. Centre for Global Political Economy, Simon Fraser University, North America
  115. Centre for Muslim Youth In Peace And Development, Ghana
  116. Centre for Trade Policy and Development, Zambia
  117. Centro de Derechos Económicos y Sociales – CDES, Ecuador
  118. Centro de Estudios del Trabajo, Colombia
  119. Centro de Estudios Paraguayos Padre Antonio Guasch (CEPAG), Paraguay
  120. Centro de Investigación Sobre Inversión y Comercio, El Salvador
  121. CESC (civil society C. B. Center), Mozambique
  122. Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development, Nigeria
  123. Civil Society Education Coalition, Malawi
  124. Civil Society SDGs Campaign-GCAP, Zambia
  125. CHALLENGES International – Togo
  126. CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network), Bangladesh
  127. CNCD-11.11.11, Belgique
  128. Comisión de Justicia Social de Chimbote, Perú
  129. Comisión Nacional de Enlace, Costa Rica
  130. Community Resource Centre Foundation, Thailand
  131. CONEYSO, Panamá
  132. Conseil des Facilitateurs des Pays des Grands Lacs, Republique Democratique du Congo
  133. CooperAcción, Peru
  134. Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica CIASE, Colombia
  135. CPM Micaela Bastidas, Peru
  136. Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity – CROSOL Croatia
  137. Dalit NGO Federation, Nepal
  138. Debt Justice Norway, Norway
  139. DECIDAMOS, Paraguay
  140. Demand Progress, United States
  141. Ekumenická akademie – Chequia
  142. Emonyo Yefwe International, Kenya
  143. Equipos Docentes del Perú
  144. Erlassjahr.de / Jubilee Germany
  145. Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation, Estonia
  146. Excellent World Foundation, Nigeria
  147. Federation of Environmental and Ecological Diversity for Agricultural Revampment and Human Rights (FEEDAR & HR), Cameroon
  148. FOCSIV Italian Federation Christian NGOs, Italy
  149. Fondazione Pangea Onlus – Italy
  150. Fondo Semillas México
  151. Foro Social de Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras (FOSDEH), Honduras
  152. Forum de Monitoria do Orcamento, Mozambique
  153. Forum Solidaridad Perú
  154. Foundation For Sustainable Development And Climate Action (FSDCA), India
  155. FOVIDA, Peru
  156. Friends of the Earth U.S.
  157. Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), Argentina
  158. Fundación Constituyente XXI, Chile
  159. Fundación Mexicana para la Planeación Familiar, A. C. MEXFAM, México
  160. Fundación SES, Argentina
  161. Gatef organizations, Egypt
  162. GCAP Italy
  163. GCAP Sénégal
  164. GESTOS – Brazil
  165. Global Humaniste, Togo
  166. Gobierno Territorial Autonomo de la Nacion Wampis, Peru
  167. Gopal Kiran Samaj Sevi Sanstha Gwalior, India
  168. Grupo de Formación e Intervención para el Desarrollo Sostenible (GRUFIDES), Peru
  169. Halley Movement Coalition, Mauritius
  170. Hellenic Platform for Development, Greece
  171. Humanité Solidaire
  172. Institución Universitaria Colegio Mayor de Antioquia, Colombia
  173. Instituto Justiça Fiscal, Brazil
  174. Instituto Popular de Capacitación-IPC, Colombia
  175. Jamaa Resource Initiatives – Kenya
  176. Jeunesse Active de Guinee (JAG), Guinea
  177. Jubileo 2000 Red Ecuador
  178. Justice is Global, United States
  179. Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum KESSFF, Kenya
  180. KOTHOWAIN (vulnerable peoples develpment organization) Bangladesh
  181. Ligue camerounaise des droits humains Nationale, Cameroon
  182. LINK2007 – Italy
  183. Marcha Mundial de Mujeres – Perú
  184. Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, United States
  185. Movimiento TZUK KIM POP, Guatemala
  186. Murna Foundation, Nigeria
  187. NARRATIVA ECONOMICA
  188. National Campaign for Sustainable Developmen, Nepal
  189. Nawi – Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective, Kenya
  190. NRDS, Bangladesh
  191. NETWORK OF RURAL WOMEN PRODUCERS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, Trinidad & Tobago
  192. New Generation Outreach, Kenya
  193. NGO Federation of Nepal
  194. NGO Platform on Climate Change, Mauritius
  195. Norwegian Church Aid Norway
  196. NRDS, Bangladesh
  197. N’weti, Mozambique
  198. Observatorio Mexicano de la Crisis
  199. Ohaha Family Foundation, Nigeria
  200. ONE, SINGAPORE
  201. Pakistan Development Alliance, Pakistan
  202. People’s Health Movement, USA
  203. Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Philippines
  204. PA Women’s organization Alga, Kyrgyzstan
  205. Plateforme d’Information et d’Action sur la Dette et le Développement (PIADD-Guinée)
  206. Plateforme Française Dette & Développement (PFDD), France
  207. Plateforme nationale des Citoyens Unis pour le Développement (PCUD) Nationale, Guineé
  208. Por Un Mundo Más Justo, España
  209. Psychological Responsiveness NGO, Mongolia
  210. National Coalition of Civil Society Organizations of Liberia
  211. Reacción Climática, Bolivia
  212. Red de Mujeres para el empoderamiento político y económico de la provincia de Velez, Colombia
  213. Red Dot Foundation Global, USA
  214. Red Dot Foundation, India
  215. Red Mexicana de Acción frente al Libre Comercio (RMALC), México
  216. RENICC, Nicaragua
  217. Réseau des organisations du secteur éducatifs nigeriens – Niger
  218. RGIC, Romania
  219. RIGHTS Foundation, Indonesia
  220. Robin Hood Tax, UK
  221. Rozaria Memorial Trust, Zimbabwe
  222. Rural Area Development Programme (RADP), Nepal
  223. Rural Infrastructure and Human Resource Development Organization (RIHRDO), Pakistan
  224. Rwanda Green Initiative (RGI)
  225. Sanayee Development Organization (SDO), Afghanistan
  226. SDSN Kenya Youth Initiative, Kenya
  227. Servicios Ecumenicos para Reconciliacion y Reconstruccion, United States
  228. Sisters of Charity Federation, United States
  229. Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, United States
  230. Society for Promoting Rural Education and Development ( SPREAD), India
  231. Stamp Out Poverty, United Kingdom
  232. State Employees Federation, Mauritius
  233. Tanzania coalition on debt and development, Tanzania
  234. Tax Justice Network – Africa
  235. Uganda Debt Network Uganda, East Africa
  236. WIDE, Austria
  237. Willow Empowerment for Grass Root Development Initiative, Nigeria
  238. Women Empowerment Against Poverty of Nepal (WEAPoN)
  239. Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), Nepal
  240. Zambia Institute for Labour Research and Development (ZILARD), Zambia

ACADEMIA/RESEARCHER 

  1. Alberto Arroyo Picard, Investigador jubilado Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México
  2. Diane Elson, Professor, University of Essex, UK
  3. Elisa Van Waeyenberge, SOAS University of London, UK
  4. Fredy Trujillo, investigador Narrativa Económica – Ecuador
  5. Gabriele Koehler, Independent development economist, UNRISD senior research fellow
  6. Gilberto Andrés García Batista, Asociación de Pedagogos de Cuba
  7. James Naughton, SOAS PhD student focused on the IMF and responses to crises in the 21st Century, SOAS, UK
  8. Jessica Dempsey, University of British Columbia, North America
  9. Learnmore Nyamudzanga, Sharlearn Research and Taxation Consultancy
  10. Machiko Nissanke, SOAS, University of London
  11. Martin S. Edwards, Associate Professor School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, United States
  12. Nkolo Ayissi Ernest, Nationalité Camerounaise
  13. Oscar Ugarteche, investigador del Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas de la UNAM México
  14. Patricia Jaramillo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
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Crux Quotes Eric LeCompte on Letter to President Biden from PR and US Religious Leaders

Crux quotes Eric LeCompte on the Puerto Rico letter sent to President Biden from major religious leaders. Read an excerpt below, and click here for the full story.

Catholic leaders call on Biden to rescue reeling Puerto Rico

By: John Lavenburg

In a conversation with Crux, Eric LeCompte notes that Puerto Rico already has a significant pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. In 2006, when Section 936 – a provision that gave companies that set up shop in Puerto Rico tax exemptions – was phased out by the federal government it meant “overnight 100,000 well-paying jobs left Puerto Rico,” LeCompte said.

“Puerto Rico already has the facilities, the expertise, the manufacturing infrastructure that there are ways to immediately activate Puerto Rico to be able to work on COVID response, the production of personal protective equipment, the ability to manufacture vaccines,” he said.

Read the full article here.

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