Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors

May 26, 2015 9:51 am


Food distribution taking place at a refugee camp/FILE
Food distribution taking place at a refugee camp/FILE
FRANCE,May 26 – The world’s poorest nations, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are receiving less than a third of development aid, and this support is waning, a non-governmental organisation founded by U2 frontman Bono said Tuesday.

World leaders should target the most disadvantaged nations when they adopt a new set of goals to eradicate extreme poverty this September, the advocacy group ONE said in a statement.

“We won’t see an end to extreme poverty unless leaders shift focus to the poorest countries and poorest people, especially girls and women,” said ONE’s global policy director Eloise Todd in a statement on the publication of the report entitled: “Putting the Poorest First.”

“Despite multiple summits to debate these issues there’s a shocking lack of global commitment to deliver genuine, life-changing commitments for the world’s poorest and hardest to reach,” she added.

Ahead of a meeting of the G7 group of major industrialised countries in Germany next week, the report said that the majority of the European Union nations had not lived up to their decade-old commitment to raise development assistance to 0.7 percent of their gross national income (GNI).

The 28-nation bloc would need to deliver an additional $55.8 billion in 2015 to make good on this promise.


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