The Cameron administration will not likely meet the United Nations’ goal of alloting 0.7 percent of gross national income to development spending, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.
“The most likely outcome, as I see it at the moment, is that we will not meet that target and there is an obligation on this committee … to make sure this target is reached,” Brown told the U.K. Parliament’s international development committee.
Brown said ministers rely on a “one-off” payment to the World Bank to achieve the target, “and I don’t think that will actually work,” he was quoted by The Guardian as saying.
In reaction, U.K. aid chief Andrew Mitchell said: “Given the train wreck of public finances that we inherited from Gordon Brown, a little humility from the former prime minister, and indeed respect for the coalition for standing by its commitment to the world’s poorest people, wouldn’t go amiss.”
“The coalition has set out its spending plans for the next four years which clearly show us delivering our commitment in 2013 and thereafter. We’re the first U.K. government in history to set out how we’ll reach the 0.7 [percent] commitment on aid and we will enshrine this historic promise in law.”