What We’re Reading 5/28/09

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The Huffington Post—Moyo’s Confused Attack on Aid for Africa (opinion by Jeffrey Sachs)
Economist Jeffry Sachs writes again on the Huffington Post, responding to aid critic Dambisa Moyo. He writes, “Moyo now campaigns against the kinds of aid that can keep millions of African children from dying or being maimed for a lifetime through the consequences of serious episodes of disease. She advocates cutting the aid that has allowed more than 2 million Africans access to life-saving AIDS treatment, since governments are involved. Almost unimaginably, she opposes the distribution of anti-malaria bed nets for Africa’s hundreds of millions of young people on the alleged grounds that it has put bed net producers in Africa out of business.”

Foreign Policy Magazine—Paul Farmer for USAID, or USAID plus?
Foreign Policy magazine writes that after weeks of feeling anxious that no new administrator has been named, USAID and international development community officials continue to express their excitement at reports that Paul Farmer, the legendary cofounder of an innovative group that has delivered healthcare to the poor in central Haiti and beyond, is under consideration to head the U.S. aid agency or serve in a top administration international assistance post that would encompass it.

NY Times—Bring Zimbabwe in From the Cold (op-ed)
An op-ed in the New York Times argues that although the reluctance of Western governments and human rights groups to resume aid to the current Zimbabwean government is understandable, the time has come to support Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as he struggles to improve the country with President Robert Mugabe as his partner. They write, “To consolidate progress, donors should end their ambivalence about the unity government and begin to support Mr. Tsvangirai’s aims.”

Wall Street Journal—Don’t Go Wobbly on Trade (op-ed by Gordon Brown)
U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown writes in the Wall Street Journal that global economic powers must work to boost international trade and resist protectionism during this global financial downturn. He writes, “developing countries have been particularly hard hit as a result of declining world trade and falling commodity prices. Some 100 million more people are in poverty as a result of the crisis. All the progress we have made to reduce poverty is in danger of being wiped out.”

The Guardian—Aid famine (editorial)
The Guardian writes that the World Food Programme, the leading agency in dealing with famine and humanitarian disasters, is facing a crisis of its own. It has only got one-fifth of the money it needs to fund this year’s programme. But the demand for its food is higher than ever, the paper writes.

-Steve Wilson

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