Thu, 05 Aug 2010 14:32:00 +1000
New Zealand says it will not be able to meet its 2015 poverty pledge
deadline on overseas aid.
The Millennium Development Goals include a promise by 23 countries to
commit 0.7 per cent of gross national income to overseas aid by 2015,
but New Zealand’s contribution is 0.29 per cent.
The executive director of Oxfam New Zealand, Barry Coates, says that is
going to have a significant impact on the Pacific.
"New Zealand and Australia have not achieved adequate progress towards
the target that they agreed in 2000 . . . That’s disappointing because,
you know, because the Pacific is not making the progress that it
should," he said.
"[It’s] one of the regions that is most falling behind . . . the pathway
to the target."
To view this story on our website, visit:
Of course the Pacific Island countries are not doing a great deal to make proper use of the assistance they are given.
And that is all I have to say about that.