What We’re Reading: Ethiopia won’t need food aid after 2015

whatWe'reReadingBlog1 ">Advocates seek progress in global development
– Ahead of next week’s Millennium Development Goals summit, advocacy groups, ONE and Oxfam, are calling for President Obama to lead the way by committing to programs like the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. (Catherine Cheney, Politico)
Ethiopia won’t need food aid after 2015, says PM – Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, said his country will not need food aid after 2015 as he formally launched an aggressive development program, which seeks to achieve 15 percent economic growth over five years. (AFP)

Corruption threatens achievement of MDGs
– The failure of African governments to address corruption is threatening the Millennium Development Goals, said watchdog group, Transparency International, who called for anti-corruption measures in all MDG action plans in order to reach the goals by 2015. (Idowu Sowunmi, This Day)
Development business under press to deliver – Journalist Alan Beattie argues that despite optimism surrounding next week’s Millennium Development Goals summit, the event will reveal the troubling issue of “the aid business itself fighting for increasingly scarce public money” and mounting pressure to deliver. (Financial Times)
Trade helped developing countries cut poverty, says Lamy – The global trading system has helped developing countries fight poverty, World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy said, highlighting that emerging economies are now the ones calling for the conclusion of the Doha round talks. (Jonathan Lynn, Reuters)