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Who's afraid of some (not so big or bad) debt relief?

July 24, 2020
By early July 2020, top officials at the IMF and World Bank admitted that the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), the  G20’s debt relief program faced challenges. They hoped to make some progress at the mid-July G20 meetings, but the July G20 meetings came and went without major action on the program. Considering that the DSSI was supposed to be one of the international community’s marquee responses to the most severe instance of capital flight from developing economies in recent memory, it is important for billions of people that they get the program right.  Continue reading “Who's afraid of some (not so big or bad) debt relief?”

The Limits of the G20's Debt Service Suspension Initiative

May 18, 2020
As of May 1, G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) for 76 International Development Association (IDA) countries and least developed countries (LDCs) has become operational. However, it remains unclear whether private-sector creditors will collaborate on such efforts for those countries and the question on what to do about the much larger debts of low- and middle-income countries is still open. Continue reading “The Limits of the G20's Debt Service Suspension Initiative”