Ann Pettifor is a Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, London. She is the author of books on sovereign debt and international finance. She is best known for her leadership of a worldwide campaign to cancel approximately $100 billion of debts owed by 42 of the poorest countries – Jubilee 2000. In 2003 she correctly predicted the bursting of the credit bubble ("The Credit Crunch") in a book she edited for the New Economics Foundation The Real World Economic Outlook (Palgrave, 2003). In 2006 Palgrave Macmillan published her book The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave, 2006). She is a co-author of the Green New Deal, published by the New Economics Foundation in July 2008 - a set of policies to deal with threats posed by the Credit Crunch, Peak Oil and Climate Change.
She is also Executive Director of a consultancy Advocacy International, which undertakes research and advises governments and organizations on matters relating to international finance and sustainable development. Advocacy International has worked with the Nigerian, Guyanese and Ethiopian governments, and advised the Global Fund for Aids, the Queen of Jordan and the Norwegian and British governments as well as prominent NGOs. She currently advises a group of British churches on their climate change campaign, Operation Noah.
Born in South Africa, Pettifor graduated with a degree in politics and economics from the University of the Witwatersrand. In the 1980s she held several posts as adviser to the leader of the Greater London Council, Ken Livingstone, and the leader of the Inner London Education Authority, Frances Morrell. She also advised the Right Hon. Margaret Beckett MP who went on to serve in the 1997 Labour government. Pettifor also worked as a lobbyist for Ian Greer Associates.
Pettifor co-founded the Jubilee 2000 worldwide campaign for the cancellation of the debts of the poorest countries. In 1998, Jubilee 2000 organized a human chain of approximately 70,000 people, which surrounded the 1998 G8 summit in Birmingham, United Kingdom. In 1999 at the Cologne G8 Summit, the G8 agreed to write off approximately $100 billion in third world debt, in large part due to the campaign, which had supporters such as Pope John Paul II, Muhammed Ali, Bono, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Bill Clinton.
At the conclusion of the Jubilee 2000 campaign, Pettifor joined the New Economics Foundation in London where she headed up their research unit on global macro-economics.
She subsequently set up Advocacy International, a UK-based consultancy that advises governments and international organisations and serves as its executive director, and has helped secure debt relief for the governments of Guyana, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. Among the awards and honours she has received are an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle (2000), the Pax Christi International Peace Prize, the Freedom of the City of Callao. In 2003 President Obasanjo honoured her work on behalf of African governments by bestowing the Order of the Niger on her.
- 1996: Debt, the Most Potent Form of Slavery: : a discussion of the role of Western lending policies in subordinating the economies of poor countries. Debt Crisis Network.
- 2000: Kicking the Habit: Finding a Lasting Solution to Addictive Lending and Borrowing and Its Corrupting Side-Effects (Joseph Hanlon & Angela Travis). Jubilee 2000 Coalition.
- 2001: It Takes Two to Tango: Creditor Co-Responsibility for Argentina's Crisis - and the Need for Independent Resolution (with Liana Cisneros & Alejandro Olmos). New Economics Foundation.
- 2002: Chapter 9/11?: Resolving International Debtcrises - The Jubilee Framework for International Insolvency. New Economics Foundation. ISBN 978-1-899407-44-6
- 2003: The Real World Economic Outlook Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-4039-1794-2
- 2006: The Coming First World Debt Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-00784-0
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