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Title:Briefing: the Commission for Africa, Gleneagles, Brussels and beyond
Author:Jackson, PennyISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic terms:Africa
Great Britain
Subjects:development cooperation
debt relief
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3518811
Abstract:In March 2005, the Commission for Africa, established by the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, in 2004, launched its report entitled 'Our common interest'. The report argued that aid was effective and that more aid could be absorbed, and it looked at culture, governance, peace and security, as well as health education and economic growth. Once published, the real question became whether the report would have an impact on policymaking. The most obvious policymakers at which the conclusions of the report were aimed, were the G8 leaders, who met at Gleneagles, Scotland, in July 2005. Some real commitments have been made by G8 members and also by other donors during 2005. The 2005 G8 communiqué contains a significant commitment to increased aid, with aid flows expected to double by 25 billion dollars per year in 2010. The EU is the biggest single aid donor in the world: it must deliver rapidly on its commitment to double aid by 2010, ensuring that at least half of that new aid goes to Africa. Although further commitments may still be chased what has already been agreed will need to be implemented. However, there are already fears that attempts are being made to water down the agreements made on debt relief. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]