BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Africa pledges 'not materialised'As an African, I simply wanted to say that I am tired of, and frustrated with the lack of delivery that seems to always follow the West's grandiose promises to Africa, and its people. Similarly to this story, we are still waiting for the billions of dollars that the Bush guy promised for AIDS, we are still waiting on some recognition of the negative effects of colonialism (as opposed to the positive ones that France seems to have dreamt into law recently), and our cousins in the USA are still waiting for their acres and their mule - or some equivalent in a more effective eqal opportunity campaign. I am cynically still wondering...
Many reforms on trade and conflict promised in Prime Minister Tony Blair's Africa Commission Report last year have yet to materialise, according to Oxfam.
The aid agency said real advances had been made on aid and debt relief, but opportunities were being missed on fairer trade and arms dealing.
However, International Development Secretary Hilary Benn said large portions of debt had been written off.
He said a new humanitarian fund would also help combat famine in Africa.
[Note 03/13/2006: From Brian's comment below, I have gathered that my weakness in English may have created a misunderstanding here, and my sarcasm was missed. I appologize. What I meant the French law, I believe that it was wrong. See what I meant to say was not that it was a positive thing, and that the French were admiting to colonial wrongs (that would have been a lie). In fact the law I was referring to wanted to praise the positive effects of French colonialism in History schoolbooks (which I find totally ludicrous). So, in fact I was criticizing the French just as much, if not more, as was criticizing the others. Just so we are clear.]