Bono Charity Rips Italy, France for Stiffing Africa

Anti-poverty group says broken aid promise should cost Italy right to host G8 summit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2009 4:52 AM CDT
Bono and Bob Geldof speak with the editor of a Japanese newspaper about a special issue on Africa.   (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
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(Newser) – An anti-poverty group founded by Bono has issued a report harshly condemning France and Italy for reneging on promises to boost aid to Africa, the BBC reports. The report from the organization One called France's performance "disappointing" and Italy's an "utter failure," which has dragged down the overall G8 performance in delivering on promises made at its 2005 summit. 

The group found that Italy had delivered just 3% of the promised increase in aid, and was planning to cut rather than increase aid in future. The group's director said Italy should lose its right to host the next G8 summit. "Rules should be agreed to ensure that such countries shouldn't be allowed to attend or chair important international meetings in the future if the system is to retain any credibility," said the singer.