The Viatorian Commnity supports African religious leaders who are calling for resolving debt crises to deal with climate, health, food and energy crises facing the continent. The 26 religious leaders from 12 countries represent Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and other Christian denominations, the All Africa Council of Churches, Muslim, and indigenous faiths.

Ahead of the upcoming G20 and African Climate summits, the leaders met and issued a joint statement, calling for debt relief and changes to the financial system to address growing crises. Caritas Africa and the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa hosted the meeting in Nairobi.

African countries owe collectively more than $1.1 trillion in debt and 25 of them face debt crises according to the IMF and World Bank.

Jubilee Network is a coalition of religious, development and advocacy groups — supported by the Viatorian Community — that has won more than $130 billion in debt relief for the world’s poorest economies. Read more about this call for debt relief and crisis aid by African leaders, here.