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Last Updated: Thursday June 09 2005 14:49 GMT

How much aid is Africa getting?

UK Chancellor Gordon Brown talks with young boys during a recent visit to South Africa
British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants international aid for Africa to be doubled to 13.5bn.

He asked a group of experts to find the best way to raise living standards in Africa.

The group, called the Commission for Africa, said one way forward was for rich countries to double their aid to Africa, raising it by 30bn a year over 10 years.

The UK is one of six countries in Europe who have promised to increase the amount of aid they give to 0.7 per cent of their national income by 2015. Only five countries have managed to reach so this target far.

The UK Chancellor Gordon Brown wants to see 100 per cent debt relief for African countries. He also wants to see countries in the European Union doubling the amount of aid they currently give.

The US has also promised 350m of aid for Africa, most of it to fight hunger in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

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