Project information

Scotland: Nation of Debt Justice

We want to make Scotland a nation of Debt Justice. By offering talks, workshops and resources we will educate people about the global economy and the problem of unjust global debt and how it affects human rights and democracy. We will empower people to take action for a fair economic system.

January 2016 - January 2018

Charity information: Jubilee Scotland

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  • Need


    Unjust global debt keeps vulnerable people in poverty. Citizens are denied access to education, healthcare and basic human rights because their governments are paying back decades old debts- often originated from arms sales or deals with corrupt dictators. Now there is a new boom in lending taking place in some of the world's most impoverished countries. Many people feel that global debt is too complicated and do not feel equipped to hold decision makers accountable.


    We will provide talks, workshops and educational resources to help people engage with the global economy, understand connections between human rights and debt and identify ways they can take action for debt justice.

    These workshops and tools will build on momentum from the independence referendum empowering people not previously engaged with policy making to understand and challenge global and domestic injustices.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    People understand and engage with global debt and related economic issues


    » - develop and deliver 10 talks and workshops around Scotland introducing the problems of unjust global debt and basics of global economics
    » - hold innovative events to bring the debt justice campaign to a new audience

    What success will look like

    - 10 outreach visits across Scotland completed with feedback forms collected at each.
    - 100 people attend various events held by Jubilee Scotland and partners talking about debt.

    Aim 2

    Engage newly trained activists to take action to prevent a new debt crisis


    » Support individual activists and grassroots groups to lobby decision makers through letter writing, in person meetings and creative media stunts
    » Hold a skill share event in coordination with other international development and organisations to further develop advocacy skills

    What success will look like

    - Over 100 campaign action cards sent to MPs
    - 10 activists have held in person meetings with MPs or MSPs
    - 2 groups have held media stunts

    Aim 3

    Scottish Government takes a strong positive position on proposals to prevent a new debt crisis


    » Produce briefing on the threat of a new debt crisis and how the Scottish government can help
    » Lobby for the Scottish Business pledge to include an international components and pledges for ensuring ethical export practices and paying taxes

    What success will look like

    - The Scottish Government makes a statement in support of debt justice

  • Impact


    This project will reinvigorate the call for global debt justice. People across Scotland will be informed about issues of international economics and will be in a stronger position to analyse the global situation and take action. The resources created will be available long after the project has ended.
    The legacy of the debt justice pledge will be to provide proof that people in Scotland are passionate about issues of global justice.


    There is a risk that public concerns around domestic economic issues could overshadow global ones. We have addressed this risk by ensuring our workshops and trainings make connections between local and global economics.


    We report our progress quarterly to donors (although this can be increased if necessary) and write an end of project report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £750 Travel Staff travel costs to outreach events
      £3,000 Staff costs Staffing costs associated with engaging supporters, planning events and creating resources
      £1,250 Print and Design Printing copies of pledge document for distribution, designing accessible resources
      £500 Event Expenses Refreshments and venue hire for events

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Core funding £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Jubilee Scotland office is based in Edinburgh, but the project is designed to reach all areas of Scotland. This includes not only holding events and offering outreach to different locations, but also ensuring that all of our communications and resources are available online to increase access.


    Anyone is eligible to get involved with this project, and we will aim to ensure that we attract diverse audiences. The Jubilee Scotland coalition is made up of a range of organisations including NGOs, unions, faith groups, local councils and student associations, which gives us access to a wide range of people. People who will benefit indirectly are those people in the Global South currently suffering due to unjust debt.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Jubilee Scotland has a successful track record of running effective campaigns and education programs. As a coalition within Scotland, and as part of a vibrant global movement, we have access to expertise and best practice from around the world. We have been campaigning against unfair debt for 10 years and are well known and respected both within the general public, and among decision makers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ashley Erdman

    Ashley is our campaign director and will lead the project. She has over a decade of experience in the not for profit and advocacy sector.

    Board Of Trustees

    The board represent our membership and will ensure the project is effective, as well as providing valuable links to partners.