According to recent reports from the Washington Post, South Africa's leadership has responded to global pressure to leave their imaginary natural remedies for HIV/AIDS prevention behind and focus on the real stuff -- the stuff that will make the difference between living and dying:
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Last Friday, the MCC Board approved a $461 million compact to Mali, half of which funds an irrigation project in the Alatona region. The remaining funds go toward rehabilitating the aiport, with an asociated industrial park.
With the approval of Mali, the Board has now approved ten compacts totaling over $2.5 billion. El Salvador's estimatd $460 million compact is expected to be approved at the November 8th Board meeting.
Last week, the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation approved two new Threshold programs. It approved a $55 million grant to Indonesia to improve childhood immunization and curb corruption. It approved a $24.7 million grant to Moldova to fight corruption. Interestingly, Moldova passes the corruption indicator in the FY2007 round.
Congratulations to our friends and colleagues at the newly re-named Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this week at a gala in New York City. The celebration brought together a Who's Who of the world's global glitterati (of international economics, that is).
The New York Times recently ran a depressing article on a newfound link between antiretroviral therapy and leprosy in patients that had previously been asymptomatic. Since leprosy can be easily treated with antibiotics donated from Novartis, it does not pose a widespread public health threat. But for the affected individuals, it can be deadly:
PBS TV aired The World According to Sesame Street last night, a fascinating documentary about Sesame Street and how it has gone global, not just as "American" entertainment for children, but as a catalyst for social and economic development by targeting the youngest citizens around the world.
Talking about religion, or faith to use a more general term, is about as popular a thing to do as overpaying your taxes, especially in the policy world. We shy away from the topic because of the personal, sometimes intense, reaction it elicits and, I suspect, because faith feels a little soft, emotional, even anti-intellectual when compared with hard political and economic realities. But since faith impacts U.S. policy, it is a conversation we ought to be having.