The aim of this panel is to analyse how civil society in Africa is influenced by the enormous inflow of foreign HIV/AIDS aid and by the various modes of governance that comes with the new funding schemes.
In the last decade there has been a huge influx of resources to manage the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide. Although there are indications that this trend is soon to be reversed due to the global economic downturn the increased availability of funds have so far had profound impact on the landscape of HIV/AIDS work in Africa. One effect has been that substantial amounts of aid money are now being channelled to and through local civil society organisations. Hence, civil society now appears to be recognized by both international donors and African governments as important partners in the HIV/AIDS response, including prevention, impact mitigation and treatment. The aim of this panel is to analyse and critically discuss how local civil society is influenced by the enormous inflow of foreign aid and by the various modes of governance that comes with the new funding schemes. How do these modalities of government affect the rationalities and everyday practices of civil society organizations and to what extent is it possible for the organizations to negotiate or resist them? We are particularly interested in critical papers that discuss how power is articulated, reproduced, resisted and/or transcended in the relationships between international donors and local civil society actors involved in HIV/AIDS work on the African continent.