Lesotho is a success story of the African Growth and Opportunities Act, which allows duty-free exports to the US. But most beneficiaries have so far failed to use it as a springboard to something bigger.
Riots erupted last week after the ANC chose to swap the incumbent for a newcomer to run in the Aug. 3 vote. Many see a wide gap between party leaders and the public that could influence national elections.
It's been at least three decades since southern and eastern Africa have seen this level of drought. In an ironic twist, the progress countries have made in responding to drought may be making it harder to get the outside help many need.