G8 pledges: old wine in a new bottle?

Siddiqi, Moin
November 2005
African Business;Nov2005, Issue 314, p18
This article assesses the pledge of the Gleneagles G8 Summit in July 2005 to increase aid to Africa and the remove trade-distorting tariffs against African exports. The pledges were translated into the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that aimed to halve the number of people surviving on below $1 daily, achieve universal primary education, halve the number of people without access to clean water, reduce child mortality rates by two-thirds, as well as combating and reversing the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV/Aids and malaria. The same week, however, the United Nations Development Programme published its 2005 Human Development Report which concluded that most developing countries, if the present sluggish trends continue, will miss almost all the MDG, and in some cases by epic margins.


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