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Doomed Interventions
The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa

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  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316646885

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  • 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.

    • Questions the nature of democratic AIDS interventions in democratizing contexts, bringing attention to the disconnection between policy-makers in the West and the intended beneficiaries in rural Africa
    • Shifts the perspective of study on AIDS intervention to that of the citizens and their local leaders
    • Avoids overly technical discussion of statistical results, making the book ideal for students, scholars and the general reader
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    ‘In this sophisticated and insightful book, Kim Yi Dionne illuminates the challenges to global intervention against AIDS in Africa. With multi-method research and rich data, Dionne convincingly shows the disconnect between the priorities of international donors and the intended beneficiaries of aid and she argues that global intervention is undermined when donor priorities are privileged over citizens' priorities.' Dominika Koter, Colgate University, New York

    ‘Dionne uses fascinating cases across a number of sub-Saharan African countries to demonstrate how the mismatch between donor and citizen priorities limits the effectiveness of HIV programming, as does the sheer number of actors involved at multiple levels of governance. One of the book's key contributions is its attention to AIDS interventions at the subnational level, particularly the role of village headmen, which Dionne situates with rich detail in what she aptly calls the global supply chain of AIDS interventions.' Rachel Sullivan Robinson, American University, Washington, DC

    ‘Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Malawi, Dionne offers a provocative warning to the international AIDS community about the dangers of pushing policies without sufficient consultation and buy-in from local people who may have other priorities. This book will be of great interest to AIDS experts and development practitioners alike.' Joshua Busby, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin and author of AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations (with Ethan Kapstein)

    ‘Despite the massive investment of international donors to support HIV/AIDS programs in Africa, there has been far too little investigation of the politics of the allocation of these resources. Building off more than a decade of research, Kim Yi Dionne fill this gap by demonstrating how the priorities of global health donors are oftentimes misaligned with those who benefit from these programs (citizens) and those who are often engaged implement these programs (communities). She demonstrates how misalignments of priorities have contributed to poor program outcomes and likely poor health outcomes. Notably, her book shines an important light on the little understood role of village headmen in Malawi in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The implications of her work are clear and apply to all global health programs, donors need to invest more to better understand the needs of citizens to make better use of stagnating global health aid.' Karen A. Grépin, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316646885
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. 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.

  • Author

    Kim Yi Dionne, Smith College, Massachusetts
    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.

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