G-7 Falling Short on Aid Pledges for Africa, ONE Campaign Says

    People stopping by a ONE Campaign booth. The organization has released a report saying that G-7 countries fell short on their promises to give up to USD50 billion worth of aid to Africa by 2010. Photo by: Brande Jackson / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Brande JacksonCC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    G-7 countries fell short on their pledge to provide up to USD50 billion worth of aid to Africa by 2010, according to the ONE Campaign. The U.K., U.S., Japan, Canada, France, Germany and Italy also failed to deliver trade commitments made during negotiations in Doha, Qatar.

    On the other hand, the seven countries fulfilled their pledge to provide debt relief to 18 of the world’s poorest countries.

    The report lauds the U.K. as the “indisputable overall leader” in delivering on its aid commitments. Canada, which has the smallest commitments, is expected to surpass its promised aid target by a large margin. France, on the other hand, made the largest commitment but is on track to deliver only 25 percent of it. Germany has also delivered only 25 percent of its promised aid.

    Japan, according to the ONE Campaign scorecard, already met its target but its commitment was weak and it has yet to establish a more comprehensive one. The U.S. surpassed its 2010 commitment a year early.

    Italy is an “utter failure as a member of the G7 and should not be considered as part of the collective commitment going forward,” the report said.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.