FDL/IEA Webinar | Innovations in debt restructuring deals | Tuesday 10th Oct

Event date : 10th Oct 23

By: Ishac Diwan, 

Webinar Session 3: Learning from recent debt deals/Proposing useful innovations

Tuesday 10th October

  • 8:30-9:45 am (Washington DC) 
  • 14:30 - 15:45 (Paris)



The sovereign debt distress landscape is evolving both through “practice”, the actual resolutions of individual cases, and through architectural changes. Only a few debt-restructuring deals have been completed in recent months (Chad, Suriname), while several are making partial progress (Zambia, Ghana, Sri Lanka), and a few remain stuck (Lebanon). Yet, several innovations are starting to appear.

The recent Zambia bilateral debt deal has attempted to deal with China’s objections over burden sharing by MDBs. As in the case of Chad, it has also introduced a contingent repayment schedule that rises if rapid progress is achieved in regaining creditworthiness. In Ghana and Sri Lanka, domestic debt has been brought into the debt restructuring perimeter, but not in Zambia.

What do we learn from those innovations? Are they likely to influence future deals? Do current negotiations suggest that other innovations are needed?

Our central interest is to explore how debt deals can manage to help debtor countries not only stabilize their economy, but also to secure a path to recovery and sustainable growth, in the context of programs supported by the IMF and other MDBs. From this perspective, to what extent do recent innovations help? Which ones should stick, and which ones should we be more careful about? Which other innovations should we seek?


Dani Rodik


Harvard University & International Economic Association (IEA)

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government & President of the International Economic Association



Ugo Panizza

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Chandru Chandrasekhar

UMass Amherst & Jawaharlal Nehru University 

Ishac Diwan, Director of Research, Finance for Development Lab, Paris School of Economics

Ishac Diwan

Finance for Development Lab


  • AITOR ERCE, Universidad Pública de Navarra
  • MARTIN GUZMAN, Columbia Business School