The G8 Gleneagles Summit: Doubling Aid to Africa
At the G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, leaders focused on Africa and climate change. They agreed to double aid to Africa and to eliminate outstanding debts of the poorest countries. As outlined in the Gleneagles communiqué the G8 nations will together increase aid to developing countries by around $50 billion a year by 2010. Of this, at least $25 billion will go to Africa.
The G8 leaders also promised increased support for African peacekeeping forces to help to deter, prevent and resolve conflicts in Africa, and pledged additional investment in education and the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other killer diseases.