By Alex de Waal
Why, two decades into the situation, are democratic governments acting so poorly in tackling AIDS in Africa? De Waal argues that present methods are pushed through pursuits and frameworks that fail to interact with African societies' resilience and creativity. Already, African groups have confounded the various worst predictions of catastrophe. If effectively supported, they're going to locate methods of maintaining improvement and democracy in the course of HIV/AIDS.
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Colonial medicine,31 environmental conservation32 and post-colonial relief and development efforts33 have all served as mechanisms for extending state control into communities that have good reason to distrust all external authorities. Colonial medical ‘campaigns’ often resembled police operations, especially when ‘sanitary’ measures involved destroying crops and burning houses. Conservation efforts, including creating wildlife parks and ‘protecting’ hillsides from erosion and forests from exploitation, were often not only coercive but fundamentally misguided.
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AIDS and Power: Why there is no Political Crisis - Yet (African Arguments) by Alex de Waal