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Fund for Aid to Africa Applauded
But Commitment to Re-build Foreign Aid Budget Spotty

News Release

For immediate release: December 10, 2001


With many of the world’s poorest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the announcement today by Finance Minister Paul Martin to earmark $500 million for an Africa Trust Fund is to be applauded. This commitment to Africa, along with pre-paying our United Nations dues in the current fiscal year, means that in terms of generosity Canada improved its foreign aid to GNP ratio for 2001/2002 – estimated by CCIC to reach 0.3 %. Still far short of the internationally agreed target of 0.7% but up from a low of 0.27 last year.

Unfortunately, this increase will not be sustained. The aid to GNP ratio is expected to fall again next year to 0.26%, only to increase slightly to 0.27% in 2003/2004. "Although we are pleased to see the government signal a re-investment in foreign aid we are certainly embarked on a slow and tortuous route to meeting our international commitment," says Gerry Barr President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), " this is not good for long-term aid planning."

The same concern exists for the Africa Fund. Although CCIC is pleased to see significant attention to the needs of Africans, it is unclear what commitment exists beyond the money pledged for the Trust Fund. "You need continuity in order to have good development. It’s unclear what Canada’s commitment will be beyond this one-time payout that is tied to the existence of a surplus."

Although CCIC is pleased to see an increase to the foreign aid budget, we are still far short of the long-term sustained resources needed to make ending global poverty a top priority.

For more information contact:

Katia Gianneschi
Media Relations
Canadian Council for International Co-operation
(613) 241-7007 ext. 311
katiag@ccic.ca

 

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