Spain spends more on aid than United States

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15 November 2005, MADRID - Spain is providing EUR 2.44 billion in development aid this year, an amount equivalent to about 0.30 percent of the gross national product (GNP).

15 November 2005

MADRID - Spain is providing EUR 2.44 billion in development aid this year, an amount equivalent to about 0.30 percent of the gross national product (GNP).

The secretary of state for international cooperation, Leire Pajin, said total development aid was projected to reach EUR 4.7 billion by 2008, or 0.50 percent of GNP.

Development aid will rise from 0.25 percent of GNP in 2004 to 0.30 percent in 2005 and 0.35 percent in 2006, Pajin said.

By way of comparison, the United States spends 0.16 percent of its national income on foreign aid.

Spain plans to double aid to countries in sub-Saharan Africa between 2004 and 2006, with outlays rising from EUR 37 million to EUR 758 million, to deal with forgotten crises, such as the famine in Niger.

"This does not mean that we are abandoning" priority areas, such as Latin America and the Mediterranean, where funding will rise 38 percent, Pajin said.

Spain will also participate in the campaign launched by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to fight hunger and poverty, according to the Spanish aid official.

Spain plans to spend EUR 11.2 million a year on vaccination campaigns to save the lives of about 1 million children annually, Pajin said. EFE

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