JSAPMDD Delegation Take Part in World Social Forum
A delegation from the Jubilee South – Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) participated in various workshops and activities of the World Social Forum held in Dakar, Senegal from February 6 to 11, 2011.
The JSAPMDD delegation consisted of JSAPMDD Regional Coordinator Lidy Nacpil, Hamong Santono of KRUHA-Indonesia, Sreedhar Ramamurthi of mines, minerals and People-India, James Miraflor of Freedom from Debt Coalition-Philippines and Ma. Lourdes Tabios-Nuera of the JSAPMDD Secretariat. Other JSAPMDD members who came as part of the LDC Watch delegation were Arjun Kharki, Sarba Khadka, Abhas Ghumire, Rachita Dungel – all from South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) and Rural Reconstruction Nepal – and Mohiuddin Ahmad of Community Development Library-Bangladesh. VINOD Raina of BGVS-India also participated in the activities.
JSAPMDD's delegation joined the WSF Opening March-Rally on February 6 carrying banners of "Don't Owe, Won't Pay" and "World Bank Out of Climate". Thousands of demonstrators representing communities, sectors and movements from Africa and countries around the globe marched from downtown Dakar to Cheikh Anta Diop University, site of the WSF.
In the succeeding days, JSAPMDD co-organized and participated in various workshops that provided the alliance with opportunities to discuss and link up its platforms and agenda on vital issues such as debt and finance, taxes, ecological debt and climate finance, and rights to essential services.
On February 8, JSAPMDD together with Jubilee South, Eurodad, Afrodad, Latindad, Jubilee USA, ODG-Span, Jubilee Debt Campaign-UK, Justice and Peace Spain and the Coalition for the Abolition of Third World Debts (CADTM) co-organized a workshop on debt and finance. During the activity, an analysis of the debt problems and strategies such as debt audits, cancellation and repudiation were put forward. There was also a discussion of the Global Platform on Sovereign, Democratic and Responsible Financing, a tool that could be used in campaigning to transform the international financial system.
Also on the same day, a workshop led by LDC Watch and co-organized by JSAPMDD, SAAPE and the Association of African Women for Research and Development was conducted. "LDC-IV: Civil Society Alternative People's Agenda" tackled a wide range of issues confronted by Least Developed Countries (LDCs)and stressed the need for an alternative people's development agenda as a basis for engagement in the UN-LDC IV Conference in Istanbul, Turkey in April.
On February 9, JSAPMDD together with Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), SAAPE and LDC Watch convened a workshop dubbed "Climate Finance Post Cancun: Alternatives and Strategies." Attended by around 75 climate justice advocates from Africa, Asia and Latin America, the workshop discussed how to advance the World Bank Out of Climate Finance campaign in terms of content and strategy leading up to the Conference of Parties (COP) 17 in Durban and the Rio+20 Meeting in Brazil.
Other workshops which the JSAPMDD delegates took part in were: Climate Justice Assembly (February 11); Meeting of the Global Council of the Tax Justice Network (February 6); Tax Us If You Can: Why Africa Should Stand Up for Tax Justice (February 8); Building Campaigns on Tax Justice (February 9); What has Tax to Do with Development (February 9); Water Rights in Africa (February 8); Water Rights in Africa (February 8); and, Strengthening Unity Towards World Water Day 2012 (February 9).