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ONE's DATA Report is an exercise in accountability. It charts a course from past promises made to Africa to present delivery. The hopes and prosperity of the 'bottom billion' depend, in part, upon the fulfillment of the pact made between the G8 and African countries at the 2005 Gleneagles Summit.
At the 2005 Summit, G8 leaders made historic commitments to Africa, pledging to provide leadership and support in the fight to eliminate poverty, improve health, strengthen education, boost trade, cancel debt and increase effective aid by 2010. The DATA Report is ONE's annual, in-depth look at how the G8 are moving towards fulfilling these promises, both individually and collectively.
So what does the 2009 DATA Report reveal on progress towards the Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment? A majority of the G8 is making progress, but two countries-Italy and France-are dragging down the entire G8's efforts.
By the end of 2008, the G8 had delivered only a third, or $7 billion, of the total $21.5 billion in aid committed by 2010. Some countries fared better than others: Canada, Japan and the US will meet-or beat-their relatively modest commitments; Germany and the UK continue to work valiantly towards their more ambitious targets. France's progress is disappointing, and Italy's performance is an utter failure. Looking ahead to the end of 2009, ONE projects that the G8 will have delivered only a half of their commitment. That means by 2010, the G8 must deliver the entire other half.
What are some of the other key findings in the 2009 DATA Report? While aid effectiveness is improving, progress needs to accelerate; smart aid continues to deliver lifesaving results; the G8 is collectively failing to "make trade work for Africa;" and although the G8 are keeping their word on debt, the global economic crisis threatens to ruin past improvements.
With only 18 months to go before the 2010 deadline, it will be an uphill climb for the G8 to fulfill their commitments. But it's hard to imagine a more important time to keep these critical promises.
Since the launch of the 2009 DATA Report in June, we’ve posted several reports cards on individual G8 countries’ progress. But they aren’t the only ones who made important pledges to Africa at the 2005 Gleneagles Summit. The European Union did, too—so here’s a closer look ... More
It’s been almost a month since the launch of the 2009 DATA Report in London. We’ve already filled you in on the report’s key findings and we recently offered a detailed look at Canada’s performance (the host of next year’s G8). Today, we take a ... More
ONE is gearing up for this week’s G8 Summit in Italy. While we are encouraged that development issues and Africa will once again be discussed at this year’s summit, we are concerned that the G8 has only one year to meet its historical Gleneagles 2005 commitments and are ... More
According to this year’s DATA Report, while the G8 are collectively failing to follow through on their 2005 Gleneagles promises to Africa, three countries are successfully meeting or beating their targets. One of the surprising front-runners in this group is Canada. At Gleneagles, Canada pledged to double its development ... More
The Huffington Post today features an article from Bob Geldof on the DATA Report launch and key findings. In the piece, Geldof has strong words for Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi stating, “Let us watch to see if the Italian Prime Minister understands his global responsibility. Let us see if Italy ... More
Yesterday, as you know, ONE launched the 2009 DATA Report in London and CNN was there to cover the event. They sat down with panelist Bill Gates to discuss the Report and the state of global development this year.Check it out:Embedded video from CNN VideoYou can read more ... More
Bill Gates, Bob Geldof, Dr Françoise Ndayishimiye, Arunma Oteh and Archbishop Desmond Tutu launch ONE's 2009 DATA Report at a London press conference. The Report finds that some G8 nations made encouraging progress last year towards fulfilling the commitments they made at the 2005 Gleneagles Summit to fight extreme poverty in Africa. But two G8 members - Italy and France - are performing so poorly they are threatening to cause the G8 as a whole to default. MORE