In the past five years, Japan's ODA in percentage terms and absolute amount – from 13.5 billion in 2000 to 8.8 billion in 2004, and as a percentage of GNI, from 0.28% down to 0.19% – due to its fiscal and budgetary constraints. The overall decline of ODA levels however, has now ended with a trend towards progressive increases in the period ahead, especially to Africa. At the G8 Gleneagles Summit, Prime Minister Koizumi pledged to increase ODA by $10 billion in the coming five years. Japan has also agreed on a debt-cancellation package to Africa and promised to contribute approximately $4.9 billion, one of the largest pledges among donor nations.
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