Canada gives aid to Africa and promises more

Canada is donating USD105 million to “Catalytic Initiative to Save a Million Lives,” a global program intended to provide health care services to mothers and children in Africa and Asia. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement, along with a pledge to double his country’s aid to Africa by 2008, in Tanzania, the last stop on his African tour. Harper acknowledged that Canada’s foreign aid spending – 0.35 percent of the gross domestic product in 2005 – is below the average for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. “That’s simply explained by the fact our economic growth in the past 18 months has been much stronger than we expected. But we recognize we do still have some work to do to achieve the target we’ve set for ourselves,” he said.

Source: Harper pledges more money to Africa, admits Canada’s foreign aid declining (The Canadian Press)

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