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The G8 and G20: Broken Promises on Global AIDS

Written by Stephen Lewis for - News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

At the Gleneagles G8 Summit in 2005, the G8 countries committed themselves to providing Africa with $25 billion additional dollars by 2010.

Three reports have emerged in the last short time assessing the actual achievements.

According to the Muskoka Accountability report, released this week by the G8 itself, the commitment has fallen short by at least $7 billion. The report is so self-serving and opaque that it’s frankly impossible to divine the exact figure, but even taking it at its best, it means that the G8 will fall short by almost 30 percent.

According to the DATA report 2010, put out by the ONE campaign, co-founded by Bono, the G8 has fallen short by at least $8.9 billion (using a slightly different form of calculation). That represents a shortfall of almost 40 percent. Bono and company do their best to flatter the contributions of the G8, but even they are forced to say that the increases from 2005 to 2010 “have fallen far short of what was promised.”

Finally, according to the “Africa Progress Report 2010,” published by a unique panel of internationalists, chaired by Kofi Annan, when the $25 billion commitment comes due at the end of this year, the G8 will have fallen short by at least $9.8 billion. This report, by far the most thoroughly prepared of the three, calls it a “staggering shortfall.”

This background is merely to underscore the betrayal of Africa to which the G8 is congenitally addicted.

It should come as no surprise then to learn that now, the G8 is explicitly cutting back on funding for HIV/AIDS.

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