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President Chirac's proposal for a global air travel ticket tax to fund development appeared to be gaining momentum last week, with an announcement at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York that four countries had joined the French-led initiative. One important question--how the money will be used--has been answered. Ninety percent will go to buy AIDS drugs. But plans for administering the funds are unlikely to persuade American taxpayers--or the U.S. government--to support the plan.
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.
Steve Krasner, Director of Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State, spoke on Transformational Diplomacy on Friday before a standing-room-only crowd at a CGD event (transcript) He argued that the creation of a new Deputy for Development in the State Department reporting directly to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, announced the day before, would strengthen not weaken USAID and thus the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid programs.
In successive speeches yesterday at Georgetown University and today at the State Department, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has outlined a bold vision of “transformational diplomacy,” the goal of which she defines as
The World Bank announced Friday that it was suspending all loans to Chad, including one that helped finance a $4.2 billion oil pipeline, on the ground that it had broken an agreement to largely dedicate its oil revenues to alleviating the country's extreme poverty. According to the Celia Dugger in the NYT