COVID-19 spurred health, social and economic crises that hit developing countries the hardest. The pandemic deepened development and inequality challenges and erased years of progress on poverty reduction and women’s rights. Countries continue to face fallen revenues, lower foreign exchange earnings and higher fiscal and debt burdens. Many of these countries cannot afford expenditures vital to bring the pandemic under control, increase social protection to survive lockdowns and prepare to recover with equity and resilience. Of the trillions spent on stimulus packages around the world so far, wealthy countries account for 88 percent, while developing countries account for the rest.

A multilateral solution is needed. One that will not push low- and middle-income economies into further debt distress. To that end, we ask that you urgently support a new allocation of IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) in the amount of US$3 trillion. We believe that an allocation of this size is required to address the real needs in a decisive and sustainable way. In 2009, the international community responded to a crisis of much smaller scope and proportions with an allocation of US$250 billion in Special Drawing Rights. This initiative had a significant role in restoring market confidence and supporting global recovery. Last year, even before the scale of this crisis was clear, IMF estimates placed emerging economies’ financing needs at US$2.5 trillion.

A new and significant allocation of SDRs would enable countries to boost reserves and stabilize economies, helping to minimize other economic losses. It would free up funds urgently needed for the pandemic response, including gender-responsive public health systems, universal social protection and comprehensive vaccine rollouts. It would also provide much-needed foreign exchange resources to countries whose capacity to earn them continues to be severely constrained in the short to medium term. SDRs do not add to countries’ debt burdens, promote debt sustainability and do not represent a loss for anyone – only a gain. Importantly, they would provide a liquidity injection with economic stimulus benefits worldwide.


So far, the international financial response to the pandemic crisis fails to uphold the standard of solidarity we all should expect in the face of such threat. A new SDR allocation would send a strong signal of renewed multilateral coordination that puts life first and is within your immediate reach. We ask for your leadership in ensuring the international community rises up to this historic moment to do what is needed.

April 6, 2021




  1. Act Church of Sweden
  2. ActionAid International
  3. ADRA
  4. Africa Community Engagement
  5. Africa Faith and Justice Network
  6. Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust
  7. African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)
  8. African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)
  9. Agir ensemble pour les droits humains
  10. American Friends Service Committee
  11. Arab Watch Coalition
  12. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
  13. Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad, Colombia-LA
  14. Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA)
  15. Association of Women of Southern Europe AFEM
  16. Avaaz
  17. Bretton Woods Project (BWP)
  18. CARE International
  19. Center for Democracy and Development (CDD)
  20. Center for economic and policy priorities
  21. Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
  22. Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
  23. Center for Participatory Research and Development-CPRD
  24. Christian Aid
  26. COPE Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti
  27. DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era)
  29. Documentation and Infomation Network for Indigenous peoples Sustainability (DINIPS)
  30. Dominican Leadership Conference
  31. Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA Africa
  32. Equal Asia Foundation
  33. Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia
  34. East African Budget Network
  35. European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD)
  36. Feminist Task Force
  37. FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development
  39. Gender Action
  40. Gender and Development Network
  41. Gestos Brazil, Latin America
  42. Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
  43. Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFoD)


  1. Global Policy Forum
  2. Indigenous Peoples Global Forum for Sustainable Development, IPGFforSD (International Indigenous Platform)
  3. Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Africa
  4. Institute for Economic Justice South Africa
  5. Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Loreto Generalate
  6. Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos (INESC)
  7. Instituto para el desarrollo y la paz amazónica
  8. International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  9. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific)
  10. Jubilee Debt Campaign UK
  11. Jubilee USA Network
  12. Latin American Network for Economic and Social Rights (LATINDADD)
  13. Lithuanian NGDO Platform
  14. MY World Mexico
  15. Norwegian Church Aid Regional office in Southern Africa
  16. Observatori del Deute en la Globalització
  17. Observatorio Cidadão para Saúde
  18. Oikos – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento
  20. Public Eye
  21. Recourse, Europe
  22. Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y El Caribe
  23. SERR Latin America
  24. Social Justice in Global Development
  25. Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN)/Afrihealth Optonet Association
  26. Society for International Development (SID)
  27. Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute
  28. earth
  29. Temple of Understanding
  30. The Human Rights and Privatization Project, NYU School of Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
  31. Third World Network (TWN)
  32. Tripla Difesa Onlus
  33. Uhuru Community Development Project
  34. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights
  35. Urgewald V.
  36. VIVAT International
  37. WaterAid
  38. WEMOS
  39. Women Engage for a Common Future – WECF
  40. Women in Migration Network – WIMN
  41. Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD)



  1. 11, Belgium
  2. Abibiman Foundation, Ghana
  3. ACEP – Portugal
  4. Action Corps, United States
  5. Action Développement et Intégration Régionale, Burundi
  6. ActionAid – Sierra Leone
  7. ActionAid USA, United States
  8. Africa Global Wealth Creation, Kenya
  9. Ageing Nepal, Nepal
  10. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations AFL-CIO, USA
  11. Alliance for Empowering Rural Communities, Ghana
  12. Asociación COVIDA, Colombia
  13. Association for Promotion Sustainable Development, India
  16. Association pour l’Integration et le Developpement Durable au Burundi (AIDB), Burundi
  17. Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad, Bangladesh
  18. Bread for the World – USA
  19. Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation
  20. CAFOD, United Kingdom
  21. CAFSO-WRAG for Development, Nigeria
  22. Campaign for Human Rights and Development International – Sierra Leone
  23. Carbone Guinée, Guinea
  24. Caritas – Ghana
  25. CCFD-Terre Solidaire – France
  26. CDIA, Paraguay
  27. Cedecam, Nicaragua
  28. Center for Peace Education and Community Development, Nigeria
  29. Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, India
  30. Centre for Global Political Economy, Simon Fraser University, North America
  31. Centre for Muslim Youth In Peace And Development, Ghana
  32. Centre for Trade Policy and Development, Zambia
  33. Centro de Derechos Económicos y Sociales – CDES, Ecuador
  34. Centro de Estudios del Trabajo, Colombia
  35. Centro de Estudios Paraguayos Padre Antonio Guasch (CEPAG), Paraguay
  36. Centro de Investigación Sobre Inversión y Comercio, El Salvador
  37. CESC (civil society B. Center), Mozambique
  38. Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development, Nigeria
  39. Civil Society Education Coalition, Malawi
  40. Civil Society SDGs Campaign-GCAP, Zambia
  41. CHALLENGES International – Togo
  42. CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network), Bangladesh
  43. CNCD-11.11.11, Belgique
  44. Comisión de Justicia Social de Chimbote, Perú
  45. Comisión Nacional de Enlace, Costa Rica


  1. Community Resource Centre Foundation, Thailand
  2. CONEYSO, Panamá
  3. Conseil des Facilitateurs des Pays des Grands Lacs, Republique Democratique du Congo
  4. CooperAcción, Peru
  5. Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica CIASE, Colombia
  6. CPM Micaela Bastidas, Peru
  7. Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity – CROSOL Croatia
  8. Dalit NGO Federation, Nepal
  9. Debt Justice Norway, Norway
  10. DECIDAMOS, Paraguay
  11. Demand Progress, United States
  12. Ekumenická akademie – Chequia
  13. Emonyo Yefwe International, Kenya
  14. Equipos Docentes del Perú
  15. de / Jubilee Germany
  16. Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation, Estonia
  17. Excellent World Foundation, Nigeria
  18. Federation of Environmental and Ecological Diversity for Agricultural Revampment and Human Rights (FEEDAR & HR), Cameroon
  19. FOCSIV Italian Federation Christian NGOs, Italy
  20. Fondazione Pangea Onlus – Italy
  21. Fondo Semillas México
  22. Foro Social de Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras (FOSDEH), Honduras
  23. Forum de Monitoria do Orcamento, Mozambique
  24. Forum Solidaridad Perú
  25. Foundation For Sustainable Development And Climate Action (FSDCA), India
  26. FOVIDA, Peru
  27. Friends of the Earth S.
  28. Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), Argentina
  29. Fundación Constituyente XXI, Chile
  30. Fundación Mexicana para la Planeación Familiar, C. MEXFAM, México
  31. Fundación SES, Argentina
  32. Gatef organizations, Egypt
  33. GCAP Italy
  34. GCAP Sénégal
  35. GESTOS – Brazil
  36. Global Humaniste, Togo
  37. Gobierno Territorial Autonomo de la Nacion Wampis, Peru
  38. Gopal Kiran Samaj Sevi Sanstha Gwalior, India
  39. Grupo de Formación e Intervención para el Desarrollo Sostenible (GRUFIDES), Peru
  40. Halley Movement Coalition, Mauritius
  41. Hellenic Platform for Development, Greece
  42. Humanité Solidaire
  43. Institución Universitaria Colegio Mayor de Antioquia, Colombia
  44. Instituto Justiça Fiscal, Brazil


  1. Instituto Popular de Capacitación-IPC, Colombia
  2. Jamaa Resource Initiatives – Kenya
  3. Jeunesse Active de Guinee (JAG), Guinea
  4. Jubileo 2000 Red Ecuador
  5. Justice is Global, United States
  6. Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum KESSFF, Kenya
  7. KOTHOWAIN (vulnerable peoples develpment organization) Bangladesh
  8. Ligue camerounaise des droits humains Nationale, Cameroon
  9. LINK2007 – Italy
  10. Marcha Mundial de Mujeres – Perú
  11. Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, United States
  12. Movimiento TZUK KIM POP, Guatemala
  13. Murna Foundation, Nigeria
  15. National Campaign for Sustainable Developmen, Nepal
  16. Nawi – Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective, Kenya
  17. NRDS, Bangladesh
  19. New Generation Outreach, Kenya
  20. NGO Federation of Nepal
  21. NGO Platform on Climate Change, Mauritius
  22. Norwegian Church Aid Norway
  23. NRDS, Bangladesh
  24. N’weti, Mozambique
  25. Observatorio Mexicano de la Crisis
  26. Ohaha Family Foundation, Nigeria
  28. Pakistan Development Alliance, Pakistan
  29. People’s Health Movement, USA
  30. Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Philippines
  31. PA Women’s organization Alga, Kyrgyzstan
  32. Plateforme d’Information et d’Action sur la Dette et le Développement (PIADD-Guinée)
  33. Plateforme Française Dette & Développement (PFDD), France
  34. Plateforme nationale des Citoyens Unis pour le Développement (PCUD) Nationale, Guineé
  35. Por Un Mundo Más Justo, España
  36. Psychological Responsiveness NGO, Mongolia
  37. National Coalition of Civil Society Organizations of Liberia
  38. Reacción Climática, Bolivia
  39. Red de Mujeres para el empoderamiento político y económico de la provincia de Velez, Colombia
  40. Red Dot Foundation Global, USA
  41. Red Dot Foundation, India
  42. Red Mexicana de Acción frente al Libre Comercio (RMALC), México
  43. RENICC, Nicaragua


  1. Réseau des organisations du secteur éducatifs nigeriens – Niger
  2. RGIC, Romania
  3. RIGHTS Foundation, Indonesia
  4. Robin Hood Tax, UK
  5. Rozaria Memorial Trust, Zimbabwe
  6. Rural Area Development Programme (RADP), Nepal
  7. Rural Infrastructure and Human Resource Development Organization (RIHRDO), Pakistan
  8. Rwanda Green Initiative (RGI)
  9. Sanayee Development Organization (SDO), Afghanistan
  10. SDSN Kenya Youth Initiative, Kenya
  11. Servicios Ecumenicos para Reconciliacion y Reconstruccion, United States
  12. Sisters of Charity Federation, United States
  13. Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, United States
  14. Society for Promoting Rural Education and Development ( SPREAD), India
  15. Stamp Out Poverty, United Kingdom
  16. State Employees Federation, Mauritius
  17. Tanzania coalition on debt and development, Tanzania
  18. Tax Justice Network – Africa
  19. Uganda Debt Network Uganda, East Africa
  20. WIDE, Austria
  21. Willow Empowerment for Grass Root Development Initiative, Nigeria
  22. Women Empowerment Against Poverty of Nepal (WEAPoN)
  23. Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), Nepal
  24. Zambia Institute for Labour Research and Development (ZILARD), Zambia





  1. Alberto Arroyo Picard, Investigador jubilado Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México
  2. Diane Elson, Professor, University of Essex, UK
  3. Elisa Van Waeyenberge, SOAS University of London, UK
  4. Fredy Trujillo, investigador Narrativa Económica – Ecuador
  5. Gabriele Koehler, Independent development economist, UNRISD senior research fellow
  6. Gilberto Andrés García Batista, Asociación de Pedagogos de Cuba
  7. James Naughton, SOAS PhD student focused on the IMF and responses to crises in the 21st Century, SOAS, UK
  8. Jessica Dempsey, University of British Columbia, North America
  9. Learnmore Nyamudzanga, Sharlearn Research and Taxation Consultancy
  10. Machiko Nissanke, SOAS, University of London
  11. Martin Edwards, Associate Professor School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, United States
  12. Nkolo Ayissi Ernest, Nationalité Camerounaise
  13. Oscar Ugarteche, investigador del Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas de la UNAM México
  14. Patricia Jaramillo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia