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Paying the price of HIV in Africa: cash transfers and the depoliticisation of HIV risk

Johnston, Deborah (2015) 'Paying the price of HIV in Africa: cash transfers and the depoliticisation of HIV risk.' Review of African Political Economy, 42 (14). pp. 394-413.

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Abstract

Despite biomedical innovation, HIV incidence remains high in some African countries. HIV-related cash-transfer projects propose a solution. However, the author raises concerns about their success from a political economy perspective. Where structural change is invoked by these projects, it is too narrowly conceived. Some cash-transfer projects focus solely on ‘nudging’ choices about risky sex, without considering the wider set of factors that increase HIV incidence. Consequently, the promise of HIV-related cash transfers is dangerously exaggerated. Instead they obscure the underlying causes of high HIV prevalence, by focusing on individual behaviour and a limited, neoliberal-friendly menu of options.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
ISSN: 03056244 (Print) 17401720 (Online)
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/03056244.2015.1064815
Depositing User: Deborah Johnston
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 16:06
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/20808

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