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Low scores for the chair of G8 Africa : scrutinizing Italian aid

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Abstract: With regard to the budget for aid as a proportion of GDP, Italy is, together with Greece, the worst performer in Europe. As one of the world’s largest economies, Italy is a member of the G20 and currently holds the presidency of the G8. But it has never contributed more than 0.2% of its GDP to development aid. But with its poor aid record, does Italy have the legitimacy to lead the G8 Africa dialogue? there are large doubts about Italy’s legitimacy in chairing the G8 Africa dialogue at the July summit. Although the Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS) has recently tried to improve the quality of aid – for example, by setting up a working group on aid effectiveness – the only real change so far has been the reduction in the aid budget. In reducing its aid allocations, like Ireland and Lithuania, Italy is acting like a small economy rather than as president of the G8.
Authors: Viciani, I.
Country: Italy
Category: General
End Page: 27
Serial number: 14
ISSN: 1874-2033
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: development policy , aid financing
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2009
Right: © 2009 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Development Cooperation General
Start Page: 24
Title: Low scores for the chair of G8 Africa : scrutinizing Italian aid