Let us applaud the decision of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, to open up the process of recruiting his No. 2 -- by appointing a search committee of Bank staff to be supported by an outside search firm. (See Lesley Wroughton’s fine Reuters report: Wolfowitz Starts Search for World Bank Top Officials
The plight of the HIV/AIDS epidemic was poignantly summarized by UNAIDS in its recent update: forty million people infected, 3 million annual deaths, and 5 million new infections this year. Is the war on AIDS being lost? It looks that way.
Congressman Jim Kolbe’s surprise pre-Thanksgiving announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2006 represents a real loss for those of us who work to improve U.S. policies towards developing countries.
According to this Reuters article, “Quake-stricken Pakistan heaved a sigh of relief” when donors offered Islamabad some $6 billion in aid pledges this weekend. If anyone is heaving sighs of relief, it’s likely to be the donors, who have finally reinvigorated a global response that Kofi Annan has called “weak and tardy” (Seattle Times).