Chancellor Want Billions More to Fight Poverty; DEPRIVATION
CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown is to urge wealthy countries to increase their aid to the developing world by $US50bn (pounds 35bn) a year.
In a speech in Washington today, Mr Brown will argue that the huge increase is needed to make significant progress against infant mortality, child poverty and educational deprivation.
He will liken his proposal to the post-Second World War Marshall Plan, under which for a period of four years the United States transferred 5pc of its national income to the conflict-ravaged countries of Europe in order to aid economic recovery.
"America's post-Second World War achievement in what we now call the Marshall Plan should be an inspiration in this post-Cold War world, not just for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, but for the entire developing world, " Mr Brown will tell an audience at Washington's Press Club.
"Fifty years on we not only see more clearly our interdependence, but the gap between what technology enables us to do - abolish poverty - and the reality of 110 million children without schooling, seven million avoidable child deaths each year and a billion of our citizens in poverty. …