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The World Bank and HIV/AIDS

Setting a Global Agenda, 1st Edition

By Sophie Harman


192 pages

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The governance of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has come to represent a multi-faceted and complex operation in which the World Bank has set and sustained the global agenda for by the World Bank. The governance of HIV/ AIDS. Through economic incentive they have restructured the is a political foundations of countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the pursuit of change in state, project that seeks to embed liberal practice through individual, state, and societalcommunity behaviour. At the heart of this practice is the drive to impose blueprint neoliberal market-based solutions on a personal-global issue.

This book unravels how the Bank’s good governance agenda and commitment to participation, ownership and transparency manifests itself in practice, through the Multi-Country AIDS Program (MAP), and crucially how it is pushing an agenda whichthat sees a shift in both global health interventions and state configuration in sub-Saharan Africa. The book considers the mechanisms used by the Bank – and the problems therein – to engage the state, civil society and the individual in responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis, and how these mechanisms have been exported to other global projects such as the Global Fund and UNAIDS. Harman argues in conclusion that not only has the Bank set the global agenda for HIV/AIDS, but underpinning this is a wider commitment to liberal governance reform through neoliberal incentive.

Making an important contribution to our understanding of global governance and international politics, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, international political economy, international relations, development studies and civil society.

Table of Contents

1. The Complexity of HIV/AIDS Governance 2. Pathways to Multi-Sectorality and HIV/AIDS 3. Owning HIV/AIDS: The State 4. Constructing Multi-Sectoralism: The Community 5. Setting a Global Agenda 6. World Bank, Governance and the Politics of Criticising HIV/AIDS. Bibliography

About the Author

Dr Sophie Harman is Lecturer in International Politics City University, London, UK. Prior to this she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR), University of Warwick as part of the joint CSGR-UNDP Governance of HIV/AIDS project. Her principle areas of academic interest are Global Governance, Civil Society and Civil Society Organisations, World Bank, HIV/AIDS, East Africa, and Feminist Political Economy. Her book (co-edited with F.Lisk) Governance of HIV/AIDS Response was published by Routledge in 2008.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy