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International Development

Asked for a reaction to comments made by Bob Geldof about the Government’s spending on aid to developing countries, the PMOS said that since we were in the run-up to the CSR, it was important that any remarks relating to Government spending were seen in that context. He took the opportunity to point out that by 2005/6 we would have committed £1bn in aid to Africa. In addition, the increase in aid since 1997 amounted to 97% in real terms, which in a growing GDP meant that we would have increased our aid from 0.26% of GDP to 0.4% by next year. That was a strong indication that we were putting our money where our mouths were.

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  1. This has been always a proplem – to help poor countries or not. I think a lot depends on the government and its policy, on people who inhabit the country and whether the country has good natural resources or not.

    Mark, designer

    Comment by Mark, designer — 31 Jan 2005 on 2:38 pm | Link

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