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Vol 43 No 20

Published 11th October 2002

The terror factor

The fear of more failed states may scare the West into increasing aid for Africa

Rich countries have made grand promises at no fewer than three summit meetings this year – in Monterrey, Kananaskis and Johannesburg. However, their African counterparts did not expect anything dramatic from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings in Washington on 28-29 September. The global economic downturn and war-drums on Iraq preoccupied the rich-country delegates. All the same, United States attempts to win support for the 'war on terrorism' have concentrated minds in Washington.

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