By Ronald Labonte, Ted Schrecker, David Sanders, Wilma Meeus
The commitments of 3 fresh G8 summits (1999–2001) are reviewed, analyzed, and critiqued during this document card on G8 activities. the main robust political strength in the back of multilateral associations and modern globalization, the G8 crew of industrialized international locations units rules in response to a market-oriented improvement version in such components as debt aid, overseas relief, alternate, international healthiness study, and funding that form the advance percentages in terrible international locations yet usually don't serve their most sensible pursuits, based on this research. particular recognition is paid to the G8's remedy of Africa, a continent that has been uncovered to industry liberalization and structural adjustment guidelines that experience now not reaped merits for African humans.
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Fatal Indifference: The G8, Africa and Global Health by Ronald Labonte, Ted Schrecker, David Sanders, Wilma Meeus