In Keeping Aid Promises, How Accountable is G8?

    U2's lead singer, Bono, during the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo by: Remy Steinegger / World Economic Forum

    To determine the G-8’s “true accountability” in delivering aid pledges, take Italy’s case into account, The Financial Times says.

    “The G8’s true accountability is accurately illustrated by the fact that Silvio Berlusconi, whose Italian government is the furthest behind its Gleneagles commitments, has suffered no political damage as a consequence,” the report says.

    Campaigners, including celebrities such as Bono and Bob Geldof, have repeatedly called for the expulsion of Italy from the G-8, but Berlusconi is the only signatory of the 2005 Gleneagles communique who is still in office today, FT notes.

    “But on the strength of the group’s performance, it is a wonder why anyone would think expulsion to be a blow to national pride,” FT concludes.

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      Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

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