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A Global Disease and Its Governance: HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Agency of NGOs

A Global Disease and Its Governance: HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Agency of NGOs Global Governance 11 (2005), 351–368 A Global Disease and Its Governance: HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Agency of NGOs Hakan Seckinelgin This article provides a theoretical assessment of the agency attributed to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) within the emerging inter- national governance of HIV/AIDS. The analysis, which focuses on the pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, responds to the question of how effectively NGOs are able to function in policy interventions in the long term. It looks at the nature of the emerging governance system and the role it attributes to NGOs, then raises questions for this system by looking at the operational characteristics of NGOs in context. In conclusion, it suggests that although NGOs have been important actors in this field, they do not have the sort of agency required for sus- tainable long-term policy interventions in the HIV/AIDS context. KEY- WORDS: HIV/AIDS, Africa, agency, NGOs, governmentality. he HIV/AIDS epidemic is a catastrophic phenomenon—one of the most devastating ever—that has and will continue to impact Tpeople’s lives in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2005, approximately 29 million people are living with the disease in the region. In 2002, 3.5 million people contracted HIV. The epidemic, generalized largely in eastern and southern Africa, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

A Global Disease and Its Governance: HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Agency of NGOs

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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Abstract

Global Governance 11 (2005), 351–368 A Global Disease and Its Governance: HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Agency of NGOs Hakan Seckinelgin This article provides a theoretical assessment of the agency attributed to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) within the emerging inter- national governance of HIV/AIDS. The analysis, which focuses on the pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, responds to the question of how effectively NGOs are able to function in policy interventions in the long term. It looks at the nature of the emerging governance system and the role it attributes to NGOs, then raises questions for this system by looking at the operational characteristics of NGOs in context. In conclusion, it suggests that although NGOs have been important actors in this field, they do not have the sort of agency required for sus- tainable long-term policy interventions in the HIV/AIDS context. KEY- WORDS: HIV/AIDS, Africa, agency, NGOs, governmentality. he HIV/AIDS epidemic is a catastrophic phenomenon—one of the most devastating ever—that has and will continue to impact Tpeople’s lives in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2005, approximately 29 million people are living with the disease in the region. In 2002, 3.5 million people contracted HIV. The epidemic, generalized largely in eastern and southern Africa,

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2005

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