The G8 at Lough Erne

On the 17-18 June, leaders from the G8 countries will gather at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland. On the agenda are three key issues: advancing trade; ensuring tax compliance; promoting greater transparency.

In advance of the summit, ODI researchers will be responding to this agenda and providing an independent commentary on the Lough Erne accountability report, which reviews the G8's delivery against previous summit commitments.


G8 and trade: the development angle

Comment | 11 June 2013 | Yurendra Basnett
'Each piece of the G8 puzzle is complex and trade negotiations are historically hard to progress. The principle of ‘do no harm’ makes breakthroughs harder to come by, but when they do come their potential value is much greater than that offered by aid increments....
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'Nutrition for Growth': mainly good news

Comment | 11 June 2013 | Steve Wiggins
'Last weekend’s food-security summit delivered some good news for global efforts to combat malnutrition, which blights so many lives and destroys so much potential. The challenge now is to act on the commitments and consign a long-standing disgrace to history by...
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Delivery is the G8 yardstick

Comment | 4 June 2013 | Kevin Watkins
'We are not about to witness a Gleneagles moment. Political leaders will arrive in Lough Erne without their cheque books, and preoccupied by fiscal austerity. The global campaigning on poverty that forced the hand of G8 leaders at Gleneagles has lost its momentum...
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