According to Andy Grice in The Independent Gordon Brown plans to continue to press G8 leaders to live up to their commitments on Africa:
Mr Brown’s four-point plan for the annual G8 gathering includes a $60bn boost for health care in developing nations, to recruit more health workers; extra money to meet shortfalls in a $1bn fund to stop 72 million children missing out on a primary education; and a food-crisis package. [Ed: I make that a 3-point plan?]
Say what you like about Mr Brown’s domestic political standing (I personally can’t see what he is supposed to have done wrong, apart perhaps from dismantling our civil liberties) but he continues to put real energy and passion into international development. Since I think that is two orders of magnitude more important and urgent than anything in British politics, that is enough for me.
A government source quoted in the same article gets it exactly right:
“It would be very stupid to give up on Africa because of the economic downturn – a big strategic error to save a relatively small amount of money. If we invest in agriculture in Africa, we could bring down the price of food. Half of the food produced rots before it gets to the market. It could become the breadbasket for the world.”