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U.S. aid, global poverty, and the earthquake/tsunami death toll

Even as the tragedy in Asia elicits an outpouring of charity from Americans, it has sparked controversy over whether America is in fact generous. President Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) chief Andrew Natsios have all asserted that America is generous. What are the facts?

How to win the AIDS battle

Smart generals study history. The lessons of battles past pro­vide valuable clues about how to win in the future. In the war against AIDS in the developing world we need to study how major successes have been achieved in health programs and how to apply those lessons today.

President Bush’s Second Term and Development: Five Issues Worth Watching

What will George W. Bush’s second term mean for the U.S. role in development? Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, sees two related challenges facing U.S. development initiatives. First is updating and reforming U.S. aid institutions to better meet today’s foreign policy needs. Second is delivering on promises to increase U.S. assistance at a time of rising deficits.

Solving the Real Vaccine Shortage

As the most fragile Americans line up for a dwindling supply of flu shots, many people are wondering why vaccines, arguably the most essential and cost-effective pharmaceutical products, seem to be one of the health system’s weakest links. Americans are discovering what people in the developing world have long known: on their own, markets fail to provide the right vaccines when and where they are needed most.

An Open Letter to Jim Lehrer

To: Jim Lehrer

From: Nancy Birdsall

Subject: Missed opportunity to include development in the foreign policy debate

Dear Jim - How regrettable that the presidential debate on foreign policy and security focused on such a predictably narrow set of topics.

Debt Relief and the MDGs

This note links the relevance of debt relief to one of the great challenges of our time: achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Iffy Direction of the IFF

European donors like to think they are the ones pushing the envelope in development policy. Many have recently promised huge increases in aid and enthusiastically embraced ideas such as donor pooling.

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