HIV/AIDS, Governance and Development: The Public Administration Factor

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This paper provides an overview of the literature concerned with the impact of HIV on public administration, looking in particular at projections of the impact of HIV/AIDS on public expenditure, the impact of attrition on the health and education sectors and on the civil service as a whole. ‘Success stories’ such as Uganda and Senegal are discussed through their representation in the literature, and ‘political commitment’ is identified as a critical but under-theorised factor in tackling HIV. Having taken as its starting point the existing work on HIV and governance, the paper then considers the impact of the epidemic in conditions of state vacuum—conflict situations. The paper concludes that governance is both victim of, and part of the solution to, the problems of HIV/AIDS.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-18
Number of pages12
JournalPublic Administration and Development
Issue number1
Early online date4 Feb 2004
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2004