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A Snapshot of Canada's Progress on Meeting Key G8 Development Commitments

A Snapshot of Canada's Progress Against Key G8 Development Commitments for International Assistance
Commitment Progress Canada's Progress
International Assistance
Increase G8 Official Development Assistance (ODA).
  • From 2004 to 2009, G8 ODA disbursements increased by US $24 billion and G8 ODA accounts for almost 70 percent of ODA from all bilateral Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) donors.
  • For 2009, total G8 ODA was US $82.175 billion.
  • At the 2005 Gleneagles Summit, Canada's national commitment was to double its international assistance from 2001-2002 levels (CAD $2.5 billion) by 2010-2011, reaching CAD $5 billion.
  • Canada is on track to achieve that commitment, having increased its international assistance by 8 percent annually.
Gleneagles National Commitments to increase international assistance. Commitments varied in size, ambition and target dates.. Some G8 members have met or surpassed their individual targets. Others continue to make progress towards their 2010 targets while reconfirming their commitment to meet their 2015 goals.
G8 ODA to Africa.
  • From 2004 to 2008, G8 ODA to Africa expanded by over US $10 billion - an increase of 50 percent.
  • For 2008, G8 ODA to Africa was US $30 billion.
  • At the 2005 Gleneagles Summit, Canada committed to double its assistance to Africa from 2003-04 levels by 2008-09.
  • Canada achieved this commitment in 2008-2009 with total aid to Africa of CAD $2.16 billion.
Provide Debt Relief. For the 2005 to 2008 period, the G8 provided over US $ 54 billion in debt forgiveness. Canada has provided significant funding to debt relief, contributing CAD $346.4 million to the Highly Indebted Poor Country Trust Fund administered by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and approximately CAD $2.5 billion as its share of the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative costs.
Economic Development
Assistance for Aid-For-Trade would increase to US $4 billion by 2010. For 2008, G8 assistance was US $14 billion, with over US $5 billion directed at Africa. Between 2006 and 2008, Canada provided US $848 million in Aid-For-Trade.
Provide at least US $60 billion to fight infectious diseases and improve health systems by 2012. The G8 is on-track to meet this commitment, with 2008 health ODA disbursements exceeding $12 billion. In 2007 and 2008, Canada contributed US $1.14 billion toward the G8 efforts to fight infectious diseases and strengthen health systems.
Provide 100 million insecticide-treated nets for malaria prevention by 2010. The G8 is on-track to provide over 100 million insecticide-treated nets by 2010.
  • In 2008-2009, Canada provided 1.2 million bed nets bilaterally and a further 2.6 million through multilateral agencies, primarily in Africa.
  • In 2010, Canada is working to provide a further 3.4 million bed nets through multilateral channels.
Mobilize support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. For the 2001 to 2009 period, G8 Contributions, including from the European Commission, to the Global Fund, totalled US $12.2 billion, representing 78 percent of all contributions to the Fund.
  • Canada has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund, having committed CAD $978.4 million since 2001.
  • Canada is a strong supporter of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support programs, providing over CAD $650 million for HIV/AIDS between 2005-2006 and 2008-2009.
Support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. For the period 2005 to 2009, G8 funding to the Initiative was US $1.68 billion. G8 commitments for the period 2010 to 2012 total US $287.4 million.
  • Canada has been a strong supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and was the first country to put polio on the G8 agenda in 2002 at the Kananaskis Summit. Canada's current efforts to eradicate polio are focused on Afghanistan, one of the four countries where polio-transmission remains endemic.
  • Canada has been a consistent supporter of the Initiative, contributing US $ 113.35 million between 2006 and 2009, with a projected contribution of US $29.18 million in 2010.
Food Security
Mobilize US $20 billion from G8 and other donors for sustainable agriculture development. The L'Aquila Food Security Initiative has identified over US $22 billion in pledges from the G8 and other donors, US $6 billion of which is incremental money beyond existing commitments. Canada has a strong record of helping increase global food security. At the G8 Summit in L'Aquila, Canada committed an additional CAD $600 million, for a total pledge of CAD $1.18 billion over three years for sustainable agriculture development. Canada has acted quickly in response to global need, and has already disbursed or allocated its entire L'Aquila commitment.
Peace and Security
By 2010, train 75,000 troops to take part in peace support operations. G8 has trained over 75,000 troops.
  • Through the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and through direct bilateral support, Canada has provided CAD $26 million since 2005 for programs that build African capacity to conduct peace operations.
  • Canada has trained 4,300 African soldiers in peace operations courses, with a focus on building capacity in African national and other institutions to conduct their own training on a sustainable basis.