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Increased funding for AIDS-engaged (faith-based) civil society organizations in Africa?


  • Olivier, Jill
  • Wodon, Quentin


This paper considers the evidence on the comparative extent to which faith-based civil society organizations (FB-CSOs) have benefited from increased funding related to the HIV/AIDS response in Africa. First, we review the literature on whether FB-CSOs have benefited from such funding, and find the arguments vigorous, but the evidence inconclusive. Next, we rely on a survey carried out in six Southern African countries to compare the profile and sources of funding of FB-CSOs against the broader collection of CSOs (non-religious or ‘secular’). It is important to be aware of the at times artificial distinctions made between faith-based and ‘secular’ structures, given the often integrated presence of religion in the lives of civil society actors and their institutions – especially in Africa. However, it is still useful to consider this particular distinction – impacting as it does on current policy discussions and strategies for civil society engagement. While the data of this particular study is mostly representative of a cluster of well-established ‘CSOs’, the evidence suggests that these FB-CSOs have been able to benefit as much as other CSOs from enhanced funding opportunities. We conclude, with a discussion of the challenges that remain for supporting smaller and less formal FB-CSOs and initiatives operating at a local community level.

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  • Olivier, Jill & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Increased funding for AIDS-engaged (faith-based) civil society organizations in Africa?," MPRA Paper 45373, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:45373

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    1. Olivier, Jill & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Layers of evidence: discourse and typologies of faith-inspired community response to HIV/AIDS in Africa," MPRA Paper 45380, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. repec:aph:ajpbhl:10.2105/ajph.2006.085662_6 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Rodriguez-Garcia, Rosalia & Bonnel, Rene & N'Jie, N'Della & Olivier, Jill & Pascual, F. Brian & Wodon, Quentin, 2011. "Analyzing community responses to HIV and AIDS : operational framework and typology," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5532, The World Bank.
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    AIDS; Faith; Development; Funding; Civil Society; Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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