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Ist Schuldenerlass der richtige Weg zur Erreichung von Schuldentragfähigkeit? Eine Analyse der HIPC-Initiative und des multilateralen Schuldenerlasses

In: List Forum Band 32


  • Kathrin Berensmann


As the high external debt in Low Income Countries (LIC) is mainly caused by structural deficits and exogenous shocks, most LICs will be, in the short and medium term at least, dependent on subsidies from donors. During the previous 10 years donors have offered extensive debt relief to LIC within two initia-tives: the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative. However, debt relief only addresses the symptoms, not their causes of development barriers. Therefore, within the HIPC-Initiative debt relief is contingent on economic and political reforms. If these poor countries are to reach debt sustainability over the long term, all stakeholders – creditors and debtors alike – have to put in place suitable long-term economic-policy measures. (Original text only available in german language)

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  • Kathrin Berensmann, 2006. "Ist Schuldenerlass der richtige Weg zur Erreichung von Schuldentragfähigkeit? Eine Analyse der HIPC-Initiative und des multilateralen Schuldenerlasses," List Forum Chapter,in: List Forum Band 32, edition 1, volume 4, chapter 17, pages 313-332 List Gesellschaft e.V..
  • Handle: RePEc:lst:lfchap:32-17

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