At-a-glance: The debt issue
How the debts grew

Helping the poorest

The bigger picture

The bigger picture
Campaigners say that another 35 countries need debt relief to meet the UN's poverty targets. They say full cancellation for 62 countries would cost $45.7bn a year. UK Chancellor Gordon Brown says a possible deal at this year's G8 could release $40bn in total. In 2002, low-income countries owed a total of $523bn.