please note that our obsession with the haircut is just a ploy (thank you)
The G8 have delivered on multilateral debt relief and have increased funding on HIV/AIDS, but they are way off track with their promise to increase development assistance to Africa. This in turn means that, collectively, they are off track with the overall commitments they made in key sectors such as health, education and water and sanitation.
Meanwhile, stalled trade talks have failed to deliver the promise to make trade work for Africa. The message for Germany’s G8 Summit in June 2007 is clear and stark: unless the G8 recognise that this is an emergency and act immediately, they will fall short of their promises to Africa. After small increases in development assistance in 2005 and 2006, the G8 urgently need to agree to a step-change in development assistance from 2007 through to 2010, and doing this will require immediate budget commitments. It is not too late – but, if this call goes unanswered, by the time the 2008 DATA Report is published, it will almost certainly be too late.
If Gleneagles was about promises, then Heiligendamm must be about delivery. We urge Chancellor Merkel to show leadership and ensure that the 2007 G8 summit is remembered as the moment when the G8 finally agreed to deliver their promises to Africa, to help save millions of lives in Africa and to help save the G8’s and the West’s reputations in the eyes of the world.
above text is from the "conclusion" portion of the just-released data report, which you can read in full on data.org.
the graphic is from an article in today's new york times