Accepted Paper:

Aids, power and local governance in the northern Côte d'Ivoire  

Author:

Cynthia Bailly (Université Alassane Ouattara Côte d'Ivoire)

Paper short abstract:

This research looks at the governance in the fight against AIDS in the Northern Côte d'Ivoire as a political terrain where state , and non state actors struggle for legitimacy and positioning.

Paper long abstract:

In the governance of public policies, the socio-political crisis in September 2002 contributed to reduced functional capacity of state structures due to the closure of some structures and the departure of much of the State staff on one hand. On the other hand, the crisis has led to multiple opportunities. In the fight against AIDS, the socio-political crisis has led many opportunities because of the increased funding and other resources, and thus encouraged the emergence of non-state actors interacting in large numbers. Indeed, these actors from diverse origins compete within projects and deploy a number of strategies to capture the available resources. The research looks at the local governance in the fight against AIDS in the Northern Côte d'Ivoire as a political terrain where state, and non state actors struggle for power, legitimacy and positioning. The purpose of this paper is to present the different stakeholders interacting in the arena of fight against AIDS, and analyze the power relationship existing between them. This analysis will be done by identifying the strategies and the resources the actors use for their own positioning.

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Governing AIDS through aid to civil society: power, responsibilization and resistance