G8 increases aid to Africa but moves little on climate change

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 14 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:125
  1. Patrick Wintour, chief political correspondent, Guardian

    Health expenditure in Africa, especially cash to fight AIDS, malaria, and poliomyelitis, should grow exponentially in the next five years as a result of decisions taken by leaders of the G8 industrial nations at their disrupted summit in Gleneagles, Scotland. The G8 agreed to increase overseas aid by $50bn (£28bn; €41bn) by 2010 compared with 2004, with half the rise dedicated to sub-Saharan Africa.

    Tony Blair asked each individual G8 leader to sign as G8 leaders have a long track record of failing to keep their summit commitments. The rotating presidency and lack of permanent G8 bureaucracy allows leaders to escape most come-back.

    Mr Blair, helped by the lobbying of pop singers Bono and Bob Geldof in the grounds of the Gleneagles Hotel, spent his limited time at the summit negotiating extra cash injections from the Japanese and the Germans. This ensured that he was able to say he had met the commitment set out in the Commission for Africa report to double aid to Africa by 2010 (BMJ 2005;330: 622, 19 March).

    Many of the development agencies, less enthused …

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