Brown 'not pitching for IMF job'
Gordon Brown denied he was pitching for the job as chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as he took part in a new drive for education in the developing world.
The former prime minister told the BBC that "any candidate to head the IMF needs to be appointed on merit".
He was speaking in South Africa, where he was launching a new High Level Panel on Education with an appeal to the rich world to fund schooling for millions of children in the poorest countries.
Speculation is rife that Mr Brown has his eye on the managing director's post at the IMF, vacated by former head Dominique Strauss-Kahn after his arrest in the US on sex charges.
But Labour's ex-premier is regarded as an outsider after Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne made clear they would not back his candidacy. And his own former City minister Lord Myners has suggested it should go to someone from outside Europe.
Mr Brown launched a report warning of an "education emergency" in the developing world, which if left unchecked will undermine efforts to cut poverty and boost economic growth.
And he unveiled the high-profile membership of his new High Level Panel on Education, which will meet for the first time in July, including Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan and Queen Rania of Jordan.
Mr Brown's report - Education For All; Beating Poverty, Unlocking Prosperity - warns that the international community is "slipping backwards" on its millennium pledge to get all of the world's children into education by 2015, as 67 million remain out of primary school.
A renewed commitment to education would boost economic growth in the poorest countries by 2%, lift 104 million people out of poverty and save the lives of 1.8 million African children, the report estimates. Every pound spent on education has the potential to generate £10-£15 in growth.
Mr Brown, who will present his report to the G8 in France next week, said: "It is frankly intolerable that, at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and in the midst of an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, millions of children are denied the right to a basic education. With Graca Machel and other prominent panel members, we will work hard to raise the issue right to the top of the international poverty agenda. Delivering on the promise to get all children into decent quality education by 2015 is not just a moral imperative, but also sound economics."