Between 2002 and 2013, bilateral donors spent over $64 billion on AIDS intervention in low- and middle-income countries. During the same period, nearly 25 million died of AIDS and more than 32 million were newly infected with HIV. In this book for students of political economy and public policy in Africa, as well as global health, Kim Yi Dionne tries to understand why AIDS interventions in Africa often fail. The fight against AIDS requires the coordination of multiple actors across borders and levels of governance in highly affected countries, and these actors can be the primary sources of the problem. Dionne observes misaligned priorities along the global chain of actors, and argues this misalignment can create multiple opportunities for failure. Analyzing foreign aid flows and public opinion polls, Dionne shows that while the international community highly prioritizes AIDS, ordinary Africans view AIDS as but one of the many problems they face daily.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
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About the Author
Kim Yi Dionne is Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College, Massachusetts. She collected much of the data for this book when she was a Fulbright Scholar in Malawi in 2008. She earned her Ph.D. in political science from University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow in Swahili. Her work has been published in African Affairs, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, and other academic journals. She has also written essays for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy and is an editor for The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post.
Table of Contents1. Introduction; 2. AIDS in Africa: a significant challenge and a disconnected response; 3. Principal-agent problems and AIDS interventions in Africa; 4. AIDS in Malawi; 5. Policy priorities in the time of AIDS; 6. Seeing like a village: headmen as agents of the global AIDS intervention; 7. Conclusion.