"We want to contribute to reinforcing citizen power and strength, and put governments on notice both in Africa and in rich countries for their responsibilities," said Barry Aminata Toure, President of the organising coalition of African Alternatives to Debt for Development.
Attendees will be keeping a close watch on Scotland, where heads of state from Britain, Canada, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United States will weigh proposals to double annual development aid to 100 billion dollars, and to wipe clean the multilateral debt slate for all countries in Africa.
"It is not enough to announce the annulation of part of the debt or to say that Africa is a priority," said Malian lawyer Ibrahim Maiga, a supporter of the Fana forum.
"There must be concrete actions taken to line Africa up with a proper fate, not a grand show that will allow world leaders to sleep at night with a clear conscience."
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