End Britain's Dodgy Deals
Developing countries ‘owe’ hundreds of millions to the UK.
Much of this was run up by the UK government supporting deals with dictators, arms exports, and projects which have caused human rights abuses and environmental destruction. Too often these deals have been shrouded in corruption. Over 90% of this debt is owed to the UK Export Finance (previously known as ECGD). We’re calling it the ‘Department for Dodgy Deals’.
What’s more, the UK government can’t even explain the origin of many of the debts to the Department that it is now demanding payment for.
What we are calling for:
No one should have to pay a debt when the lender refuses to explain its origin. We are calling for a full investigation – a debt audit – to reveal how debts owed to the UK by developing nations were run up in the first place.
No one should have to pay an unjust debt. We already know that some debts owed to the UK resulted from deals with dictators, arms exports and other projects which have fuelled human rights abuses and corruption. We are calling for the cancellation of these unjust debts.
Find out more
- See the campaign latest!
- What is a debt audit?
- Read our briefing: Uncovering Britain's Debt Secrets
- Read our report: The Department for Dodgy Deals
- Read case studies of dodgy deals