New Book Offers Framework For Global HIV/AIDS Efforts, Other ‘Complex, Multilevel’ Interventions

Washington Post: This is why global AIDS interventions fail
Rachel Beatty Riedl, director of the Program of African Studies, fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, and associate professor of political science at Northwestern University

“…[W]hy does Africa still have such high rates of HIV infection and AIDS morbidity? That’s the question Kim Yi Dionne tackles in her … new book … Here’s her compelling argument: Yes, the global response to AIDS is one of the most heavily financed interventions aimed at improving the human condition ever seen. But interventions as they have been carried out to date are doomed — because it’s so hard to coordinate delivery when relying on so many actors. … The book shows the disconnect in the global supply chain but does not leave us without hope. Rather, her framework should provide new perspectives and approaches for making such interventions work. Those would include identifying the policy priorities of both the international actors and their intended beneficiaries, building global chains not just of supply but of accountability, and treating local village leaders as key interlocutors. This model study of an important public policy phenomenon suggests vast implications for complex, multilevel interventions of all kinds” (7/14).

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