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Sign on to letter demanding changes in IMF policy - sign today

Thank you for signing on to the following civil society letter to Mr.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund. Please find the attached
copy for your records.

Sincerely,

Marie Clarke Brill

Africa Action

October 1, 2007

Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

700 19th St. NW,

Washington, DC 20431

Dear Mr. Strauss-Kahn,

In the context of the significant global campaign to increase foreign
aid to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and achieve
universal access to HIV treatment, care and prevention, the undersigned
civil society organizations were alarmed to find that the April 2007
report by the International Monetary Fund's Independent Evaluation
Office (IEO), "The IMF and Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa," confirms the long
standing claims that IMF policies undermine developing nations' ability
to increase health and education spending. To date the IMF's response to
this finding has not been satisfactory.

During the first 100 days of your leadership at the IMF, we call on you
to take the following steps to enable impoverished nations to direct
sufficient resources to meet pressing human needs.

1. The IEO report finds as much as 74% of additional foreign aid to 29
countries in sub-Saharan Africa between 1999-2005 has been diverted from
its intended purposes and allocated to domestic debt payment and
international currency reserves because of IMF policies regulating
macroeconomic and monetary policies. Citizens in donor and recipient
countries never meant for so much of the annual aid increases to go
unspent. *The IMF must change these policies and must not stand in the
way of increased spending on health, HIV/AIDS and education.*

2. The IEO report concluded that aid spending was curtailed due to IMF
insistence on specific deficit-reduction and inflation-reduction targets
which impact the size of the overall national budget. These IMF policies
are unnecessarily restrictive and prevent increased public spending,
particularly for health and education. *The IMF must not stand in the
way of policy makers in borrowing countries exploring and adopting more
expansive fiscal and monetary policy options.*

3. Budget and wage bill ceilings undermine impoverished countries'
ability to provide adequate salaries for health and education workers,
hire additional needed health workers and teachers and scale up and
improve the quality of the health and education sectors. *The IMF must
publicly state that it will cease and desist with its demands for wage
bill ceilings.*

4. Impoverished countries that have benefited from initial debt
cancellation are challenged to make use of the savings because
restrictive IMF policies limit spending. Further, countries that
continue to strive towards debt cancellation are compelled to implement
these harmful policies in order to complete the Heavily Indebted Poor
Country (HIPC) initiative. *The IMF must provide immediate debt
cancellation for all impoverished nations without harmful and
unnecessarily restrictive policy conditions attached.*

We note that IMF staff have responded to some of these concerns in two
policy papers from June 2007 (available at
http://www.imf.org/external/np/pp/2007/eng/071907.htm ), and that the
IMF Executive Board has responded to these papers. In these documents,
the IMF commits to some changes, including increased fiscal and monetary
flexibility with an overarching purpose of maintaining macroeconomic
stability. However, this response is unsatisfactory; the IMF does not
address either the parameters of alternative policies or how "stability"
will be defined.

In the preparation, presentation, and democratic discussion of
alternative pro-health, pro-education, and pro-development scenarios,
the IMF must ensure that there is broad consultation and public debate
among all stakeholders, including key legislative committees, civil
society, health and education officials, and independent economists, in
which the short and long term impacts of more expansionary fiscal and
monetary options are weighed /before/ official decisions are taken.

We look forward to your reply to this request, and to further discussion
on these issues.

Sincerely,

Act Up-Paris, France

ActionAid International

Advocates for Youth, United States

Africa Action, United States

African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal

African Services Committee, United States

AGAGES MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS/CAMEROUN

Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), Kenya

Aids Fonds the Netherlands

AIDS Project Los Angeles, United States

American Friends Service Committee, United States

American Jewish World Service, United States

American Medical Student Association, United States

Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APN+), Thailand

Association Camerounaise pour L'enfance et la Femme en Détresse, Cameroon

Association des Conseillers en Economie Sociale et Familiale du Camerou,
Cameroon

Bharatiya Krishak Samaj, India

Board of Church and Society-Philippines Central Conference, Philippines

Board of Church and Society-Southwest Philippines Annual Conference,
Philippines

Bretton Woods Project, UK

Cellules Associatives des Femmes Actives Pour le Bien Etre;CAFAB, Cameroon

Cameroon Education For All Network, Cameroon

Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale, Italy

Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action/Trinidad and
Tobago (CAFRA T&T)

Caucus Philippines, Philippines

Center of Concern, United States

Centre for Civil Society Economic Justice Project (University of
KwaZulu-Natal, Durban), South Africa

Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa (CEGAA), South Africa

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Lilongwe, MALAWI

Christ Soldiers Foundation, Ghana

Church World Service, United States

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda),
Kampala, Uganda.

Coalition of HIV Infected and Affected Community Service Organization
(CHIACSOK)

Columban Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office, United States

Community Working Group On Health (CWGH), Zimbabwe

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. German Province

Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center, Kenya

Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London, UK

Diakonia, Sweden

Essential Action, United States

European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), Brussels, Belgium

European Network on Debt and Development

Foreign Policy In Focus, United States

Franciscan (OFM) General Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of
Creation; Rome, Italy

Gender Action, United States

Ghana Trade and Livelihoods Coalition (GTLC)

Global Action for Children, United States

Global AIDS Alliance, United States

Globalization Watch Hiroshima, Japan

Good Shepherd Sisters, Ethiopia

Halifax Initiative Coalition, Canada

Health Alliance International

Health and Rights Education Programme (HREP), Malawi

Health GAP, United States

Health Society, Pakistan

Health Unlimited

Housing Works, Inc., United States

IBON Foundation, Inc. Philippines

Independent Social Scientists' Alliance of Turkey

Indonesian Christian Association for Health Service, (PELKESI)

Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (ISDPR)

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) Canada

International Network for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation,
School Sisters of Notre Dame, Rome, Italy

International Rights Advocates

Jubilee Debt Campaign, UK

Jubilee USA Network, United States

Kenya Treatment Access Movement-KETAM

Labour, Health and Human Rights Development Centre, Nigeria

Law & Society Trust, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Manila Episcopal Area Innovative Ministries Partnership Program-(Migrant
and Indigenous

People), Philippines

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, United States

McGill Global AIDS Coalition, Canada

Médecins Sans Frontières, Belgium

Medical Mission Sisters

Medical Mission Sisters, Alliance for Justice

Mission Effectiveness Office, School Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Louis,
MO, United States

Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), Rome (Italy)

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Justice, Peace/Integrity of
Creation Office, United States

National Association of People with AIDS, United States

National Organization of Physical and Sport Education Teachers (
N.O.P.S.E.T), Cameroon

National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP)

NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, United States

Networkers SouthNorth, Norway

New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, United States

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, South Africa

Pan African Treatment Access Movement (PATAM)

Partners In Health, Boston MA, United States

Pax Christi International

People's Health Movement (PHM) Global Secretariat office in Cairo, Egypt

Physicians for Human Rights, United States

Polish Province of School Sisters of Notre Dame

Presbyterian Church, USA, Washington Office

Priority Africa Network, Oakland, CA, United States

Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO), Senegal

RESULTS Australia

RESULTS Canada

RESULTS, United States

School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Major Area Coordinating Center

Sisters of the German Province, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of
the Good Shepherd (Good Shepherd Sisters), Germany

Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Italy and Malta

Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Geneva, Switzerland

Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana, United States

Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Italy

Social Enterprise Development Foundation of West Africa (SEND)

Soeur du Bon Pasteur, Madagascar

Solidarity Africa Network, Kenya

Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations
Institute (SEATINI)

STOP AIDS NOW!, The Netherlands

Stop AIDS Alliance Belgium

Student Global AIDS Campaign, United States

Sugar Workers Solidarity Network, Philippines

The Leadership Council, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of
Mary, Monroe, Michigan, United States

The Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa
(EQUINET)

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
(SIECUS)

The Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio, United States

TransAfrica Forum, United States

Uganda Fisheries and Fish Conservation Association (UFFCA)

Uganda Treatment Access Movement

United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society, United States

Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA)

VSO international

World Economy, Ecology & Development (WEED), Germany

Youth Action Volunteers, Tanzania

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