Getting Smart on Aid: There are also deeper questions about how best to make an impact — even about how to do something as simple as get more kids in school. Greg Mortenson and a number of other education organizations mostly build schools. That seems pretty straightforward. If we want to get more kids in school around the world, what could make more sense than building schools? How about deworming kids? (The New York Times, Nick Kristof)
Africa: Obama Administration Wants Africa Trade Act Extended to 2025 — The Obama administration wants to reauthorize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is set to expire in 2015, through 2025, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson says, citing the measure’s success in enhancing trade levels between the United States and the African continent. (AllAfrica.com)
With yams, mosquito nets: Nigeria adapts Sesame Street — A yam-loving muppet and another who’s HIV positive romp about a set filled with an old drum of oil, a raffia basket and a heap of ubiquitous hot red peppers. Welcome to Sesame Street, Nigerian style. (AFP)
As an Insecticide Makes a Comeback, Uganda Must Weigh Its Costs – Growing up as a child here along the muggy, isolated plains of northern Uganda, life was not easy. Faced with unrelenting malaria, which threatened both lives and livelihoods, Uganda’s government teamed up with the United States to use chemical insecticide sprays — including DDT — to try to eliminate the disease.