The G8 countries are meeting shortly in Scotland. High on the agenda will be world poverty and 3rd world debt. It is estimated 19,000 African children die every day as a direct result of poverty whilst their governments are forced to find $37 million a day for debt servicing. My own vote is yes, with conditions - Britain introduced an initiative in 2000 which I support whereby those countries which met certain fiscal, poverty programs and democratic standards would have their debt written off. Those who didn't meet the conditions would have their repayments saved in a Poverty Fund to be returned to the country at such time as the conditions are met. As of 2000 figures from the world bank showed 3rd world debt at $3000 billion and on a steeply rising curve. The average daily GDP per capita for these countries is less than $1. Much of this money was lent as personal loans to whichever dictator happened to be in power at the time and so is it justifiable that the impoverished citizens of these countries should have to repay this money?