Blair wins support for G8 plans - EU plan to double aid is greeted with caution
May 27 BBC report Blair wins support for G8 plans:
Tony Blair and Silvio Berlusconi have agreed on plans to increase aid to Africa and tackle climate change, they said after holding talks in Rome.
EU development ministers this week agreed to double aid to poorer nations. Under the deal, the EU's aid will be worth an extra 14 billion GPB annually in five years' time.
The BBC report reveals a document purporting to be a draft communique for the G8's climate change talks has now been published on the Carroll.org.uk weblog. Downing Street refused to say whether or not the leak was genuine.
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EU plan to double aid is greeted with caution
Yesterday's Financial Times reports the European Union's claim this week that it would double development aid by 2010 was greeted with joy by governments and some development charities, who regarded it as a significant breakthrough. Excerpt:
But the history of such announcements, combined with the caveats that surround them, counsels caution. Among other campaigners and some aid experts, scepticism about such announcements extends to the quality of existing aid.Full Story at FT.com by Alan Beattie May 27, 2005. [with thanks to ij]
One charity argues in a report today for instance that almost two-thirds of rich country aid is "phantom" aid that does not benefit its recipients.
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Quotation of the Year
"What's happening in Africa today is something that, if it happened in any other continent in the world, there would be outrage " - Tony Blair
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