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Social Watch: G8 countries have not met their promises

The world’s most powerful countries have failed to live up to their promises, distancing the poorest countries even further from satisfying the basic minimum needs of their citizens. According to the Basic Capabilities Index (BCI) published today by Social Watch (, at the current rate of progress universal access to a minimum set of social services will only be achieved in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2108. This means a delay of almost a century with regards to the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 6 June 2007

Inter Press Service (IPS)

Poor Could Lose 67 Billion Dollars

Poor countries risk receiving 50 billion euros (67 billion dollars) less than what they have been promised from the European Union by 2010 unless the bloc improves the quality of its development aid, anti-poverty campaigners have warned. The EU’s development aid ministers are to assess what progress has been made in realising commitments to increase aid at a Brussels meeting May 15. Although EU officials say the ministers will express confidence that pledges are being upheld, non- (...) read

date of on-line publication : 22 May 2007


Aid to Africa: More doesn’t have to mean worse (...)

Why are we condemned to conduct the public debate about aid to Africa in such grossly simplified terms? The sound bites around this year’s G8 seem to be dominated by just two points of view.
One uses the shocking statistics on unmet needs in Africa as a sufficient basis for urging substantially increased funding flows. The other scores telling points against an approach that worries so little about feasibility but fails to offer an alternative vision for aid.
Thus, a ping-pong ball is batted back and forth between two positions:
a. The needs of the peoples of Africa are enormous and urgent.
b. It is a moral outrage that we cannot meet them, even in the most basic ways.
So, a massive increase in aid resources and debt relief is the minimum acceptable response.
David Booth, a Research Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, offers practical suggestions about Aid to Africa to both the donors and the recipients that is realistic and hopeful.  read

date of on-line publication : 6 February 2006

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