Oxfam cautioned that the maternal and child health effort announced on Friday seems yet another empty G8 promise, given that the overall aid pie is shrinking.
In 2008, Ghana made healthcare free for pregnant women, partly thanks to foreign aid money. These photos show how this has already helped hundreds of thousands of women – and what else aid can achieve.
Read how 'good aid' reduces malaria deaths in Zambia, increases harvests in Malawi, and reduces poverty in Mexico.
Aid plays a role in saving millions of lives, and yet despite its achievements poverty continues to cast a shadow over the lives of some 1.4 billion people worldwide.
When aid is used to support developing country budgets, provided long-term and without unecessary strings attached, governments in developing countries can make effective plans to help the poorest people in their country.