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AIDS numbers inflated

I am sure this will become a big item of discussion, but Craig Timberg, who has written critical news articles about AIDS estimates before has written another article in the Washington Post detailing forthcoming new estimates, using improved sampling methodologies. The latest estimates, due to be released publicly Tuesday, put the number of annual new […]

The Disbursement “Gap” III: A Non-problem?

A postscript on the disbursement “gap” issue which may be something of a non-problem. See here and here for earlier posts. In talking with colleagues more knowledgeable about budgeting and the commitment process by the various donors, there is a sense that the difference between commitment and disbursement is both (1) normal and (2) idiosyncratic […]

The Disbursement Gap II.

In thinking about President Bush’s request to extend PEPFAR’s life for another 5 years and an additional $30 billion, I’ve come across some data that suggests the U.S. is having disbursement problems. While I don’t think this will pose a problem for PEPFAR reauthorization in the short run, I wonder if these problems are unique […]

Michael Gerson on the Daily Show

With PEPFAR up for reauthorization and a big expansion on Capitol Hill (and by all rights, likely to pass), there still may be medium-term trouble on the horizon within the Republican Party. The hangover of Iraq is giving isolationists like Ron Paul more traction, and there is, according to Bush’s former speechwriter Mike Gerson, growing […]