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Op-Ed: Pres. Obama’s Ghana Trip, Africa Policy

Obama’s Policy Could Make U.S.-Africa Relations ‘Flower’ Although critics have said that President Obama’s speech in Ghana “sounded a familiar refrain” echoing “the same message about good governance… from presidents Clinton and George W. Bush” and “[n]o new programs or initiatives” for the continent, “just because the message is old doesn’t mean…

Opinion: U.S. Global HIV/AIDS Funding; Maternal Health; Meeting Needs Of Recipient Nations

U.S. Lawmakers Should Not Slow AIDS Funding According to a Concord Monitor opinion piece, PEPFAR has “fostered self-reliance… strengthened drug supply and delivery systems… trained new health care workers,” and the impact of U.S. tax dollars has been “multiplied” by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “A…

Stretch U.S. Foreign Aid Spending By Encouraging Competition

“Given the competing factors of America’s growing international interests and shrinking resources to engage on the global arena, the federal government must take a more critical look at how best to deliver accountable, transparent, and sustainable development aid to countries in need and ask itself how best to support our national security, economic, and humanitarian goals.

Direct Incentives For Vaccination Would Increase Rates

In its first decade, the GAVI Alliance has helped prevent the deaths of more than five million children by introducing more widespread vaccination in low-income countries, “[b]ut, going forward, the alliance is going to have to think more about getting parents to vaccinate their kids – the demand side of health – especially if it wants to repeat the huge victory of wiping out a disease” such as smallpox, Charles Kenny writes in his weekly column for Foreign Policy.

Stop Ignoring Historical Western Advocacy Of Sex Selection

Mara Hvistendahl, a correspondent with Science magazine and author of the recently published “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men,” writes in a Foreign Policy feature that “as American politicians argue over whether to cut Planned Parenthood’s U.S. funding and the Christian right drives through bans on sex-selective abortion at the state level, the effects of three decades of sex selection elsewhere in the world are becoming alarmingly apparent. In China, India, Korea, and Taiwan, the first generation shaped by sex selection has grown up, and men are scrambling to find women, yielding the ugly sideblows of increased sex trafficking and bride buying.”

South Sudan Should Use Military As Force For Development

Calestous Juma, an author and professor at Harvard Kennedy School, writes in an East African opinion piece that as South Sudan prepares for independence on July 9, it “is the time” for the country “to chart a new path by defining a new role for its military” by “shift[ing] its military budget to development objectives.”

Improving Health Vital To Good Governance In Nigeria

In a Daily Independent opinion piece, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Terence McCulley writes that after “truly historic” elections in April, “[t]he Nigerian Government faces complex challenges in the post-election environment. Security, electricity, good roads, education and reliable health care top most people’s lists of immediate concerns.”

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Is A Cost-Effective, Safe Way To Prevent HIV

Emmanuel Njeuhmeli, a senior biomedical prevention advisor in the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS, discusses efforts to raise awareness about male circumcision as a “cost saving and effective form of HIV prevention” in a post on USAID’s “Impact Blog.” Njeuhmeli highlights a video that “examines the expansion of male circumcision as an HIV prevention intervention and tells the story of how governments and communities in Kenya and Swaziland have embraced [voluntary medical male circumcision] in their countries. The goal of the film is to show that VMMC services can be replicated and expanded to reach the critical mass needed for maximum public health impact” (6/27).

G20 Agriculture Summit Communique Suggests Action Is Missing

“The G20 agriculture ministers seem to agree: they’re all for food security, as long as it doesn’t cost anything,” according to a post on the Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog.” The authors conclude: “Perhaps the heads of state meeting at a November Summit, to whom the G20 ministers’ recommendations will be submitted, will find the political will to take bolder action. Unless they do, this agriculture summit will be an example of ‘a lot of hooey, but little dooey'” (Elliott/Veillette, 6/27).