Fred Bergsten of Institute for International Economics is pushing for creation of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific Region (FTAAP) -- a plan B to get the world back on track given the faltering Doha Round (See today's Financial Times column.) An FTAAP with the U.S., Japan, and China and the 18 other current members of
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*Todd Moss co-authored this post.
New findings from rigorous evaluations show some very encouraging results in HIV prevention, as Nancy Birdsall noted in yesterday's blog post: girls who are told that older men are more likely to be HIV- positive tend to avoid contact with them; when given free school uniforms, girls are more likely to stay in school and less likely to become pregnant; a curriculum that includes debates and essay-writing about preventing HIV increases condom use but not sexual activity.
Just telling adolescent girls in Kenya that the older the man the more likely he is to be HIV infected reduced the incidence of pregnancy (and presumably of HIV infection) - that's one conclusion of a randomized trial among schoolgirls in Kenya, reports Celia Dugger in the NYTimes.
IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato promised in a speech at the Center this week that the planned increase in voice and representation of developing countries at the IMF would cover the poorest members - most of which are in sub-Saharan Africa - and not just the “emerging market economies”.