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Maternal health funding could be a shell game – Oxfam

It sounds like a lot of money, for five years, but Canada has spent a similar amount, in three days, for summits.

Robert Fox, Executive Director of Oxfam-Canada.by Ish Theilheimer

TORONTO, June 25, 2010 – Straight Goods News with YouTube video: Oxfam is not impressed by Canada's commitment at the G8 of $1.2 billion over five years for global maternal health.

"It sounds like a lot of money but they have spent a similar amount for this summit for three days," pointed out Robert Fox, Executive Director of Oxfam-Canada in a video interview with Straight Goods News.

"Canada has capped its financial assistance for development for the next five years," he said.

"Our concern is that we are robbing Peter to pay Paul," taking money from other important priorities to make the maternal health project look politically appealing. "If that's the case it's a shell game."

Fox says that nations around the world raised $17 trillion globally to bail out the banks. "We're going to judge their performance on global poverty against their ability to bail out the banks"

Here is the full interview, on YouTube, with Robert Fox:

Links and sources
  Oxfam website

Posted: June 26, 2010

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