Christian aid groups disappointed with G8

Plans will not make poverty history
Britain’s two largest Christian aid organizations have expressed disappointment about the Africa package agreed to at a meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) nations last month in Scotland, but have pledged to fight on for economic and trade justice.

G8 leaders said in their July 8 communiqué: “We have agreed to double aid for Africa by 2010. Aid for all developing countries will increase, according to the OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development], by around $50 billion per year by 2010, of which at least $25 billion extra per year is for Africa.”

At least one African church group rued that the July 7 bombings in London that killed at least 55 people and injured hundreds of others had been detrimental to the church-backed Make Poverty History campaign for the G8 meeting.

 

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