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Since the global financial crisis of 2008, there has been a new boom in irresponsible lending to the developing world.

This lending boom is threatening to set a new debt trap for people in poverty around the world, particularly in Africa. Governments are unable to afford to pay off their debts and provide basic services like healthcare and education to their people.

No New Debt Trap – Write to Your MP

Lending to the global South has TRIPLED since the financial crisis. With commodity prices falling and interest expected to rise, there’s a growing threat of a new debt trap.

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    Jubilee Debt Campaign, 16 March 2016

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