In Britain, a new law has been passed ensuring the overseas aid budget is protected every year.
But pressure groups argue that there is a reason the country is encouraging aid, and that it is actually a cover for corporations to tighten their grip in Africa.
Nick Dearden from Global Justice Now explains: "Supporters of privatisation argue that it can help stop countries relying on aid; the case against it is that aid has no place in helping big corporations get their hands on Africa."
Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee brings this special report.
Source: Al Jazeera