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To fight poverty in Africa, a new-old solution: cash handouts

The Christian Science Monitor | December 11, 2016

Shake a stick anywhere in Africa, and you’re bound to bump into someone trying to figure how to make the continent's poor less poor, whether it’s an NGO doling out pregnant goats to Ugandan villagers, a wheezing Mercedes truck carrying sacks of USAID-sponsored grain into eastern Sierra Leone, or Madagascan government officials negotiating with Asian garment makers to build massive textile factories inside their borders. But what if the answer were far simpler -- just to give the poor money and let them do with it what they please? 

 
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The U.S. Finally Did Something Right in Africa - and It's About to Stop

Foreign Policy | December 5, 2016

Since 2001, non-oil exports from sub-Saharan Africa to the U.S. have tripled, from $1.4 billion to $4.1 billion. In the capital of Lesotho, apparel factories now crowd the industrial district, churning out sweatshirts and skinny jeans for American brands like Levis, Walmart, and Costco. The garment industry is now the country’s largest private employer, exporting more than $250 million a year in products to U.S. clothing companies... But the AGOA-driven march of progress in countries like Lesotho is extraordinarily fragile. 

 
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Major HIV Vaccine Trial in South Africa Stokes Hope

The Washington Post | November 25, 2016

All eyes are on South Africa, where researchers will begin inoculating thousands of volunteers Monday in the latest effort to develop a vaccine that prevents the disease. It is only the seventh full-scale human trial for a virus that infects more than 2 million people and kills more than 1 million every year.

“If this study shows efficacy . . . this would be a tectonic, historic event for HIV,” said Nelson L. Michael, director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program, which led the Thailand study.