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World Bank President Calls for Up to $15 Billion Increase in Aid to Africa
World Bank President James Wolfensohn yesterday told the Council on Foreign Relations that Africa needs "billions" of dollars in support to help "a generation of forward-thinking leaders pull their countries from a downward spiral of poverty and disease," particularly AIDS, the AP/Washington Times reports. He also "urged the world" to partner with leaders in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent them from becoming "dependent" (AP/Washington Times 6/15). "Unless we are assisting them, probably in the amount of $10 billion to $15 billion a year ... and assist them on AIDS, there is no way that the Africans in real time can do it alone," he said. Currently, about $11 billion is spent on assistance in the region (Associated Press, 6/14). The Council on Foreign Relations is a nonpartisan group and research center dedicated to "increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy." The group publishes Foreign Affairs magazine (Council on Foreign Relations Web site, 6/15).
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