Jubilee Debt Campaign

Jubilee for Justice

The idea of Jubilee comes from ancient times: an anniversary when debts were cancelled and justice restored. Today debt is causing immense suffering around the world. We will educate and mobilise campaigners around a 'Jubilee': financial reform to prevent the poorest paying for the debt crisis.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1055675)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£20,425

Donations

156

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • Just as it mobilised people against debt slavery in the global South, the Jubilee call can mobilise people now to combat debt slavery everywhere.

    — Nick Dearden, JDC Director

  • Unjust debt has created a new apartheid, one that is not political, but is economic and cultural. We cannot stand by.

    — Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  • JDC must surely rate as one of the most effective anti-poverty movements ever, in view of the contrast between its huge impact and its tiny budget.

    — Dr David Golding CBE, Make Poverty History North East

  • JDC must surely rate as one of the most effective anti-poverty movements ever, in view of the contrast between its huge impact and its tiny budget.

    — Dr David Golding CBE, Make Poverty History North East

  • Just as it mobilised people against debt slavery in the global South, the Jubilee call can mobilise people now to combat debt slavery everywhere.

    — Nick Dearden, JDC Director

  • Unjust debt has created a new apartheid, one that is not political, but is economic and cultural. We cannot stand by.

    — Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Situation

Debt crises have gripped countries across the developing world for 30 years, but today also affect our own part of the world. Debt crises stand as a root cause of impoverishment and inequality. The spreading of the debt crisis to Europe could encourage global understanding and the need for radical reform. But unless we grasp this opportunity, the crisis will lead to a 'charity begins at home' mentality, with gains in understanding around global poverty being wiped out.

Solution

In 1996, Jubilee 2000 set out to change values: to educate and to organise people to fight the scourge of debt in low income countries. We used education to fight the ingrained value that repayment of debt is more important than any other ethical consideration. And we won: $120 billion of low income country debt has been cancelled. We believe a similar, if smaller, project of education and local campaigning can offer hope today, and bring closer alternatives for a 'poverty free' world.