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Layers of evidence: discourse and typologies of faith-inspired community response to HIV/AIDS in Africa


  • Olivier, Jill
  • Wodon, Quentin


This paper has two objectives. The first is to provide a review of the discourses about the religious response to HIV/AIDS in Africa that have emerged from the recent literature, how these discourses has changed over time (from religiophobia to a cautious recognition of the comparative value of faith-inspired interventions), and the conflicting typologies of faith-inspired initiatives that they have inspired. Noting the limits of the existing typologies, the second objective is to suggest conceptually some of the ways in which typologies could be combined in order to be made more useful from an operational point of view.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:45380

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    1. repec:aph:ajpbhl:10.2105/ajph.2006.085662_6 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Gerard Clarke, 2006. "Faith matters: faith-based organisations, civil society and international development," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(6), pages 835-848.
    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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    1. 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.
    2. René Bonnel & Rosalía Rodriguez-García & Jill Olivier & Quentin Wodon, 2013. "Funding Mechanisms for Civil Society: The Experience of the AIDS Response," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 12231.

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    Health; Faith; HIV/AIDS; Africa; Community Response;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development


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