Italy Has Contributed a Mere 3% of Its Promised Aid to Africa

London Times columnist Joanne Green writes that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi isn’t qualified to chair the G8’s summit in L’Aquila next week. Her focus is not Berlusconi’s inability to keep his pants on but the fact that Italy has fallen behind every other G8 country in not keeping its promises on aid for Africa, giving just 3 percent of its promised share of $25 billion a year by 2010.

Italy wants a new aid approach called “whole of country” donations used to define donations by country. Using this methodology, all Vatican contributions of aid to Africa would count against its global obligations.