Study claims African aid as 'static'

A study made by independent group African Monitor revealed that despite the Group of Eight’s bold pledges to double African aid by 2010, actual contributions have remained static since the $106 billion peak in 2005, dubbed the “Year for Africa.” Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, the group’s president and founder, lamented that in 2006, the total aid figure fell to $103 billion, and “in 2007 and 2008 aid is expected to drop even further”. The report also challenged the criteria for choosing aid recipients, claiming that 55 percent of overall aid went to 10 “donor darlings” – among them Ethiopia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and oil-rich Nigeria. Ndungane stressed the need for an “exit strategy” out of donor dependency through improvements in local trade capacity. “Aid alone cannot help Africa out of the quagmire of poverty. Aid will not guarantee sustainable livelihoods for the poor. Trade will,” he remarked. (Sources: Despite vows, rich nations cut Africa aid ? study; Aid to Africa flatlining: watchdog/Agence France-Presse)

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