This section contains documents on World Bank and International Monetary Fund policy, and on debt and other capital flows between North and South.
When repatriating stolen assets, Switzerland wants them to go towards meaningful development projects rather than into the general government budgets. This is making it unpopular with governments in the countries of origin of the funds. Civil society supports the Swiss approach. ...>>
Switzerland has made some headway in recent years when it comes to freezing and returning foreign stolen assets. But there are still serious shortcomings. A look at past and present cases shows where the new law currently in preparation should begin. ...>>
If food security is to be guaranteed, we must fight financial speculation with agricultural products, says Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In the following an interview. ...>>
The International Monetary Fund has somewhat relaxed its controversial lending conditions. But they are still hurting the poorest people, as shown by the latest loan to Bangladesh. ...>>
The European debt crisis is causing a worldwide stir. It is relegating the precarious debt situation of many developing countries to oblivion. The call for a regulated and fair procedure to resolve impending state bankruptcies remains topical, however. ...>>