Did Gleneagles Do It For You?

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Last July at Gleneagles, the powerful Group of Eight industrialized countries declared they would act to make poverty history in Africa.

But similar promises have been made before.

What, if anything, was different this time?

In a critical evaluation of the G8, Philip Stephens evokes the atmosphere at the celebrated Scottish hotel 12 months ago, discovers the effect of the London bombings on the meeting and asks insiders and campaigners what was really achieved and how significant it will prove to be for Africa and the rest of the world.

20060703

Last July at Gleneagles, the powerful Group of Eight industrialized countries declared they would act to make poverty history in Africa.

But similar promises have been made before.

What, if anything, was different this time?

In a critical evaluation of the G8, Philip Stephens evokes the atmosphere at the celebrated Scottish hotel 12 months ago, discovers the effect of the London bombings on the meeting and asks insiders and campaigners what was really achieved and how significant it will prove to be for Africa and the rest of the world.

Last July at Gleneagles, the powerful Group of Eight industrialized countries declared they would act to make poverty history in Africa. But similar promises have been made before. What, if anything, was different this time?

In a critical evaluation of the G8, Philip Stephens evokes the atmosphere at the celebrated Scottish hotel 12 months ago, discovers the effect of the London bombings on the meeting and asks insiders and campaigners what was really achieved and how significant it will prove to be for Africa and the rest of the world.