Mobilising effective responses to HIV/AIDS

An effective HIV/AIDS response requires wide-ranging cooperation at all levels of society. But achieving this is a formidable leadership challenge.

This DLP-commissioned research compares the conditions and processes behind responses to HIV/AIDS in Uganda and South Africa. In Uganda, a broad coalition including civil society, the state and the international community has helped mobilise one of the most effective AIDS responses in Africa. In South Africa, a coalition for policy change helped overcome significant governmental opposition to universal antiretroviral treatment.

The study highlights that effective AIDS leadership involves mobilising coalitions by persuading all manner of groups, from political elites to civil society, to cooperate. But such cooperation does not require the resolution of all conflict and disagreement. In fact, attempts to suppress conflict could hinder coalitions' long-term effectiveness.

Researchers: Eduard Grebe (University of Cape Town), Nicoli Nattrass

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