NPR: Meet the four African women who are changing the face of coffee – Your morning coffee has a history, and chances are, it starts in Africa. Even more certainly, the production probably started in the hands of women. It’s estimated that 70 percent of the maintenance and harvesting of coffee beans are done by women, yet few control their finances or even own land. The International Women’s Coffee Alliance is working to change that, by helping women learn how to manage their finances and form valuable trade relationships. (Allison Aubrey)
Devex: Obama should be ‘bolder’ on foreign aid – In the next four years, we shall see what the legacy of President Barack Obama will be in the world. Will it be one of status-quo, or a new, stronger support for lifesaving programs across the world? With the threat of the fiscal cliff ahead, the President will soon have to decide what his legacy will be. (Mark Lotwis)
Reuters: Obama triumph raises hope of fresh start with Africa – It’s no secret that “Obama Mania” has worn off in Africa. But there is a renewed sense of hope among many who are hoping that a second term will bring new priorities on the continent. Even Obama’s half-brother in Kenya is asking the president to focus on Africa, and “put more emphasis on education, health and all that matters to Africa instead of politics.” (Njuwa Maina and Ben Makori)
HuffPo: Australia Gives $104 Million To Fighting Malaria – When it comes to malaria, Africa is not the only home to the life-threatening disease. In South-East Asia, 64 percent of the population are exposed to the disease, resulting in 30 million cases of malaria, and 42,000 deaths per year. Australia has announced this week that it will spend more than 100 million AU dollars to help combat and reduce deaths in the region. (AP)
AllAfrica: Mozambique: Clear Connection Between HIV and Malaria Deaths – Illness and disease among HIV/AIDS patients is no surprise. With the immune system compromised, malaria is one of the most common diseases that infect people with HIV. Yet new research is showing that not only do people with HIV battle the disease far more often, but malaria may also accelerate the progression and transition of HIV.