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Bruderhof Radio
Third World Debt
Regular Show
Jamie Drummond, Njoki Njehu, Soren Ambrose
 Andrew Zimmerman  Contact Contributor
Oct. 22, 2000, 8:18 a.m.
A look at Third World debt and the movement for its cancellation.
Producer: Andrew Zimmerman
Uploaded by: Andrew Zimmerman
Program Date: October 23 2000
Summary: The poorest nations in the world, at least fifty countries by most counts, are so heavily in debt that they spend more on debt repayments than on food, medicine, and clothing for their people. As these heavily indebted countries struggle keep up with debt repayments, they are forced, by international financial institutions like the IMF, to divert even more money to debt repayments by reducing public sector jobs, and focusing on the production of exportable cash crops rather than food crops. The harsh terms of debt repayment programs drive millions of people to poverty and starvation. Because international financial institutions are controlled by industrialized western nations, there is a fundamental injustice of the poor paying the rich, and this is why there is a growing worldwide movement calling for the cancellation of the debts owed by underdeveloped nations to the west.

In this program we speak with members of two prominent groups working for third world debt cancellation. Jamie Drummond is a spokesperson for Jubilee 2000, based in London. Njoki Njehu is the Executive Director of the 50 Years Is Enough Network, from Washington DC, and Soren Ambrose is a Policy Analyst with the same group.

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