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Germany breaks foreign aid promises

The Local · 15 May 2011, 12:38

Published: 15 May 2011 12:38 GMT+02:00

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The leaders of the seven biggest industrialized economies met in Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2005 to agree a financial aid package for Africa. The agreement promised a staggered rate to sub-Saharan Africa, rising from $17.5 billion to $35.7 billion in 2010.

According to One's new report, to be published this week, Germany's contribution to that was to be $6.7 billion. In fact, according to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel, Berlin has delivered only half of the money. Canada and the US, by contrast, have exceeded their promises.

One's German director Tobias Kahler said the government had to significantly increase its payments, or else "it will only reach its 2015 target - to invest 0.7 percent of the GDP in international development - by 2022."

One was founded by rockstars Bono and Bob Geldof in 2002.

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13:50 May 15, 2011 by pseu
Bono has got to be pissed!

Imagine all the new emigrants Africa could be making with all that money.

If all of you Germans don¦#39;t want to have kids you better start spending the money to ensure your future replacements don¦#39;t die at birth, or from AIDS.
14:23 May 15, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
So much for holding the moral high ground. Germany talks big, but fails to deliver. Wants a better world for everyone, but not at Germany's expense. Lets see how this gets spun into something positive, and the fact that "Canada and the USA, by contrast, have exceeded their promises." is somehow made to look like a bad thing.

Then, once again, here is the German human rights record in Africa:

"On paper, the European Union may criticize China for engaging in a "trade only, no politics" approach to Africa, but in practice, Germany, at least, is willing to support brutal African regimes that engage in horrendous human rights abuses if it means gaining a foothold against China. "

16:43 May 15, 2011 by FIUMAN
The German sense of themselves is as a selfless, progressive, economically, politically and socially forward looking country that learned hard bitter lessons from their past. The German reality is a selfish, retrograde, economically arrogant, politically bullies whose bigotry is apparent in their actions but not in their words, that learned nothing from their horrid past. Germany is Germany, not Sweden. Germany cannot refuse their role as a world leader for much longer without serious questions about German culture being asked by the rest of the world.
17:12 May 15, 2011 by Louis Prince
Slightly off the topic, I think the way the aid is spent is wrong, they should rather spend that money on industrial development in Africa to ensure sustainable growth in the African economy, as currently Africa is just a drain on the global economy, it may sound harsh, but giving aid to the needy in Africa means they will die the next day of hunger, also the corruption in African politics, doesn't allow allot to go to the needy. Believe me I live in Africa.
17:53 May 15, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
@Louis Prince -

Your comments are right on - and seeing as you are actually seeing it firsthand, have considerable meaning. I don't remember the precise saying but: "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

I just wonder if non-African countries are afraid of African competition on the world markets if the various factions could set aside war and focus on developing their resources. And I believe much of the troubles can be laid at the footstep of Europe. Raided the countries for their own gain in gold, diamonds, and minerals; treated the people like slaves in their own country; set up artificial borders and states based on European concepts not on historical tribal boundaries...and on, and on.
18:46 May 15, 2011 by nemo999
They are saving all the euro for Greece
19:17 May 15, 2011 by harcourt
I couldn't agree more with comment 3 by FIUMAN well said !! It is the conclusion I came to after living nearly 20 years in Germany. And don't anybody say why did you stay, the fault lies with the germans not with the foreigners living in Germany
20:26 May 15, 2011 by MJMH
Overseas aid started to combat communism. The West has given so much and what has it done? The 3rd world is still the 3rd world and poor. Enough is enough. Throwing good money after bad is dumb. Spend German money in Germany helping the old and opening kindergartens so maybe the Germans will have more babies.
23:58 May 15, 2011 by ExpatUSA
Before you get too excited, folks:

03:35 May 16, 2011 by janreg58
The truth is this, since the WWII,Germany has been looked at as being "enemy #1" and they have been TRYING to make up for all their mistakes! How long will they "OWE" everyone something?! They don't HAVE to do anything or give anymore to any other country if they don't want to! It's called looking out for your own!! Something that the United States doesn't know how to do! Other countries come first in the GOOD OLE USA, and that's why we are in the situaton we are in. A program for this, a program for that, all coming out of it's AMERICAN TAX PAYERS POCKETS!! I think we should learn from Germany, and stop being pushed into doing what OTHER mooching countries want! It's time these countries "GROW UP" AND TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES! The Africans need to start handing out more birth control, and if everyone wants to help, go over there and teach them a trade, or something besides having babies they can't feed!!
06:29 May 16, 2011 by Katzerina
Thanks Expat... I don't think that table covers private flows of donations, as I remember seeing a number much greater for the US as a whole.
08:15 May 16, 2011 by Hilltop
Bono would be better to pay taxes in Ireland instead of moving his business offshore to avoid helping his home country before he lectures Germany on how it should spend its money.
14:16 May 16, 2011 by trash head
B00no ... lol
17:00 May 17, 2011 by MfromUSA
In my opinion, Germany doesn't owe Africa one red cent. The entire world has been pouring $$$$$$ into Africa for as long as I have been reading then news and nothing seems to change. Ongoing civil wars, rape, throat slashing, children soldiers, etc.........the list of vicious crimes against her own people goes on and on and on..............it never seems to change.

I would have no investment in pouring my tax dollars there, so I can understand that Germany doesn't either.

If Africa wants change, and wants to improve itself then Africa should demonstrate something other than vicious civil wars and government corruption. They need to stop looking t o the rest of the world to "fix" their problems. Considering that this continent is the birthplace of humans, wouldn't you think that by now they could have determined a better way to co-exist?
19:18 May 17, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
@MJMH - Very intelligent. The West has been helping for decades to no avail. The idea of "help" needs to be re-thought. Instead of throwing money at a problem ( a very Western way of dealing with problems), maybe try some new methods. Build institutions and invest in businesses or something like that. All I know is, you cannot keep trying the same thing and expect different results.
19:22 May 17, 2011 by DOZ
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