G8 pledges to stand side-by-side with Africa

2011-05-27 20:35

Deauville - Leaders from the US, France, Britain and other rich world governments pledged to promote human rights and democratic governance across Africa, but some developing world activists warned that financial aid for the "Arab Spring" nations mustn't come at the expense of needy countries south of the Sahara.

The Group of Eight industrial nations issued a joint statement on Friday with leaders from Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia and other African heads of state that promised co-operation on a vast range of issues from refugees in Ivory Coast to pirates in Somalia.

But contrary to the G8's pledge of upwards of $40bn to promote democracy and economic recovery in North Africa and the Middle East, the Africa declaration contained no monetary targets.

  • Doublepost - 2011-05-27 20:41

    Yay! Let us just throw more money out the window!! On second thoughts , I would prefer it if they did throw it out a window, instead of sending it to Africa. It would be better spent that way!!

  • Hans - 2011-05-27 21:15

    Start by putting massive pressure on the counter-revolutionary ANC fascist fatcats to drop the ANC Secrecy Protection Bill - the start of our slide to dictatorship ...

  • Joe - 2011-05-27 21:34

    Then its time to take out people like Mugabe, Malema and the whole ANC, because they hate everything white!!

  • The Question - 2011-05-27 21:51

    The international community are quick to side with underdeveloped countries so long as it places them in a positive light in the media. When the chips are down they quickly distance themselves from from the country in question and lodge complaints in the UN... unless of course it's in their best interests to invade and take direct action. They won't take any direct action against our secrecy bill unless it serves their best interests to do so.

      slg - 2011-05-27 22:15

      This is superficial, self-centered and emotionally detached from reality.

      The Question - 2011-05-27 22:36

      How is this superficial? The big guns are quick to bomb the hell out of Libya and place innocent lives at risk doing so to get at Gaddafi but do nothing against the likes of Mugabe's dictatorship in Zimbabwe other than placing sactions and bans on his travels to Europe (which he recently ignored when he visited the Vatican).... Why don't they act in Africa's best interest with such a situation?

      slg - 2011-05-28 03:18

      Do you know what it took "the big guns" to "bomb the hell out of Libya"? How many similar situations have been missed? How many lives have been lost? Plenty. They're finally somewhat working together for positive purposes. You've completely overlooked this.

      slg - 2011-05-28 03:21

      Senkgisha, your mouth, like your brain at the moment, is a toilet

      The Question - 2011-05-28 15:51

      @slg, I think you’re missing my point. The G8 countries still only act in their best interests first & therefore will only step in to take any action against our secrecy bill if it’s in their best interests to do so.. which is in reply to @Hans's earlier comment about them stepping in against our proposes bill. The G8 guys are stepping in hard to deal with the likes of Gaddafi but go soft on Mugabe.. this raises the question of 'why?'.. What motivates them to act on one but not the other. It’s all well and good to throw money at the African situation, but how much of the money really gets to where it needs to go? Corruption runs rife in Africa, so the chances are that some money will go to ‘admin costs’ or simply go missing. What Africa needs is more projects that will stimulate the economies, long term investments that will benefit the people in providing more jobs, raise education levels, provide better health care, and much needed food. How about initiating natural energy projects like wind and solar power? Introducing more solutions for the food and water crisis in many African countries? We can’t always rely on the bigger world powers to always be there to give us money when things are bad. We need to rely on ourselves more and unite as a people to enact positive and lasting change. It’s good that the bigger world powers are getting involved but they can do so much more than simply being a giant piggy bank for Africa.

      The Question - 2011-05-28 15:51

      @senkgisha, war doesn’t solve anything. Too many innocent people pay the price for such attitudes.

      slg - 2011-05-28 19:03

      Question, I hear you. However, the highest human need is to be loving. It's a drive. This is part of one's self-interest, and by extension those of nations, except tyrannical nations and individuals who have lost their way. The G8 are not only motivated by narrow self-interests is what I'm saying.

      The Question - 2011-05-28 22:34

      True... but I always wonder about a political power's goals and how they will turn words and ideas into actual action... Let's hope the G8 manage to do what they set out to do and their aims don't get whittled down under political nonsense...

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-28 22:04

    Hey you oke's! You G8 okes's ! Remember some time ago there was a cowbow, I think his name was G dubbya, who came to visit us. At a news conference he was standing next to our President (Mr. Mbeki) when some journalist asked him about the Zimbabwe issue. Mr. Mbeki,from the ANC, promised G dubbya that the Zimbabwe issue will be resolved by that December. Remember? I can't remember how many years ago that was, but the ANC took you for a lekker ride, didn't they? They are still giggling about you.

  • Wonderboy - 2011-05-29 16:31

    Needy countries south of the sahara indeed? There should be no aid to African countries unless that country disbands its military. Why do African countries require a military? There are no threats to them except their own peoples who are disenchanted with their governments. Their military powers are only there to keep them in power. All the budgets for the military can be used to give food and education to the masses and no money would then be required from the G8.

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