Education boost for African states
Twenty African countries could qualify for a British-led multi-billion-dollar aid package intended to boost education spending over the next decade.
It should represent the first material sign of pledges for overall increases in aid donations promised for poor countries by G8 finance ministers last year.
Last month Britain pledged at least $15bn (£8bn) over the next 10 years to help poor countries achieve universal primary education by 2015, one of eight UN "millennium development goals".
Speaking at a conference on aid in Nigeria yesterday, Gordon Brown, chancellor, said he would lobby G8 ministers at a summit in St Petersburg next month to put down an additional $10bn for the education fund. Dino Mahtani, Abuja