The G8 grades itself

The G8 has just come out with an assessment of whether its members have fulfilled their pledges from previous years on development assistance. The critics are ready. Oxfam is already accusing G8 members of cooking the books: In their Deauville Accountability Report, the G8 has massaged the figures, claiming to have delivered almost US$49 billion ...

The G8 has just come out with an assessment of whether its members have fulfilled their pledges from previous years on development assistance. The critics are ready. Oxfam is already accusing G8 members of cooking the books:

In their Deauville Accountability Report, the G8 has massaged the figures, claiming to have delivered almost US$49 billion of the promised $50 billion.  But according to the OECD, responsible for measuring the official aid figures, the G8 have delivered just $31 billion. Of the promised $25 billion promised to Africa, only $11 billion has really been delivered.

“Rather than deliver on their promises, the G8 have cooked the books and massaged their aid figures upwards to cover up their lack of action,” said Emma Seery, spokesperson for Oxfam. “This is not an accountability report, it is a cover up that is deeply embarrassing for the G8 and an insult to the world’s poorest people.”

The G8 has just come out with an assessment of whether its members have fulfilled their pledges from previous years on development assistance. The critics are ready. Oxfam is already accusing G8 members of cooking the books:

In their Deauville Accountability Report, the G8 has massaged the figures, claiming to have delivered almost US$49 billion of the promised $50 billion.  But according to the OECD, responsible for measuring the official aid figures, the G8 have delivered just $31 billion. Of the promised $25 billion promised to Africa, only $11 billion has really been delivered.

“Rather than deliver on their promises, the G8 have cooked the books and massaged their aid figures upwards to cover up their lack of action,” said Emma Seery, spokesperson for Oxfam. “This is not an accountability report, it is a cover up that is deeply embarrassing for the G8 and an insult to the world’s poorest people.”

David Bosco is an associate professor at Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies. He is the author of books on the U.N. Security Council and the International Criminal Court, and is at work on a new book about governance of the oceans. Twitter: @multilateralist
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