Our Common Interest: An Argument

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The Commission for Africa finds the conditions of the lives of the majority of Africans to be intolerable and an affront to the dignity of all mankind. We insist upon an alteration of these conditions through a change of policy in favour of the weak.' The report of the Commission for Africa is the most important document of our time. Created by major decision-makers from across the globe, it is a call to action for the nations meeting at the 2005 G8 summit to end extreme poverty in the world's most desperate continent. This book sets out clearly the arguments and recommendations of the Commission's plan for a strong, prosperous Africa. The Africa Commission is a masterful display of diagnosis and politics' Jeffrey Sachs, Guardian; If we act on these recommendations, there is a good chance of a better life for hundreds of millions' Financial Times; This report will be an important contribution to the continuing search for effective solutions to the continent's problems' Kofi Annan

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In 2004, the Commission for Africa was formed by seventeen people, brought together to define the challenges facing Africa, and to provide clear recommendations on the changes that are needed to reduce poverty. The majority are from Africa, and have varied experience as political leaders, public servants, and in the private sector. The Commission is: Fola Adeola, K.Y. Amoako, Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Hilary Benn, Gordon Brown, Michel Camdessus, Bob Geldof, Ralph Goodale, Ji Peiding, William Kalema, Travor Manuel, Benjamin Mkapa, Linah Mohohlo, Tidjane Thiam, Anna Tibaijuka and Meles Zenawi.

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