by Andrew Hanauer
Last year, our Executive Director, Eric LeCompte, travelled to the island nation of Grenada to help ensure that the interests of the country's citizens were at the forefront of any debt restructuring deal. As Eric heads back to the island next week to continue this work, we at Jubilee USA reflect on the importance of any such deal and its impact on the country's poorest people. In a remarkable oped after last year's trip, Eric laid out clearly what's at stake: the ability of the world's most vulnerable people to have a say in their own economic future.
That is really what Jubilee is all about. Our goal is to build an economy that works for everybody, and in particular those in need. The structures put in place by international financial institutions and governments should offer those communities protection, should serve their interests and should be accountable and transparent. Most of all, those communities should have a voice in creating and designing those structures, an issue that Jubilee raised last week during the Spring International Monetary Fund / World Bank meetings.
An economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of vulnerable communities is an economy that creates jobs and sends kids to school. That reduces child mortality and improves maternal health. It is an economy that builds a better future for our kids and for kids around the world.
What can you do to help build that type of economy and that type of future?
Together, we can build a better world.