Obama, Cameron renew commitment to development

By Jenny Lei Ravelo14 March 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo by: Pete Souza / White House

When heads of state talk about development, there is almost always a corresponding reaction. And the joint statement made by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is no exception.

The two leaders announced their renewed commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in a statement published at The Washington Post. They said they are working to improve maternal health and end preventable deaths among children, as well as investing in agriculture to ensure food security in the developing world.

ONE President and CEO Michael Elliot welcomed this commitment by the two heads of state, who said they embrace their responsibility as leaders in the kind of development that helps people live in dignity, health and prosperity.

But good as these may all be for the development community, critics and budget hawks are sure to express outrage — especially with the commitment coming at a time of soaring deficits.

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Jenny Lei Ravelo is a staff writer for Devex. She covers breaking international development news in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and the Pacific for the Development Newswire, often focusing on aid worker security. Jenny is also a regular contributor to the GDB and other Devex publications.

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