How do systems of public administration help or hinder effective HIV/AIDS policies?
This project examines the role of public administration systems in the delivery of effective HIV/AIDS policies. It is concerned with the relationships between public administrators and other agencies and organisations responsible for developing and implementing HIV/AIDS policy, and with how these policy networks engage with affected individuals and communities. Some African governments have been more successful in addressing the pandemic than others, and this project will compare their approaches to the administration of policy, charting how policy is understood, interpreted and delivered within relevant policy networks. It will identify criteria that determine optimal policy implementation, while employing an emancipatory approach which envisages the research process itself as a means to promote the development of sustainable networks, capabilities and pro-poor policy outcomes.
The project has created a new cross-disciplinary research coalition, bringing together experts in politics, public administration, psychology, gender studies, development studies, and civil society from the University of Limerick, Ireland; Makerere University, Uganda; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It will strengthen relationships and synergies between these institutions to support innovative approaches to policy analysis, while deepening the capacity of the Southern institutions to promote effective administration of health policies in their local contexts.
The Connecting Public Administration, Policy and Communities (CPAPC) funded by Irish Aid is a project which focuses on at the role of public administration in the delivery of services for those living with HIV/AIDS. It supports four PhD students in Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa and also enables a series of collaborative research projects involving staff from the four partner universities. The most recent project steering group meeting took place in Dublin March 30th and 31st and was attended by Professor Sabiti Makara (Makerere University in Uganda), Dr Ernest Mallya (University of Dar es Salaam), Dr Shauna Mottiar (University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa) and from UL by Professor Tom Lodge, Dr Chris McInerney and Miriam Ryan. In August 2015, the project team will present eight papers and host a plenary session at an international conference on Governance and Service Delivery in Developing Economies, organised by the Uganda Management Institute in Kampala.Full newsletter: AHSS Newsletter 2015
AHSS Research Newsletter – January 2014
Substantial strides have been made in recent months towards the Irish Aid funded and UL led research initiative on HIV/AIDS policy research. Readers may remember that the purpose of this three year project was to examine the relationships between actors involved in the implementation of HIV/AIDS policy. The project sees a programme of collaboration between the Department of Politics and Public Administration and the Department of Psychology along with three African Universities in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Makerere University, Uganda. In line with these research objectives four PhD students have been recruited across the partner countries and a series of national level workshops have just been completed in South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. These workshops were attended by Tom Lodge, Helen Basini, Chris McInerney, Orla Muldoon and Maura Adshead along with representatives from our project partners. The workshops allowed the doctoral students to present their research proposals to the policy community and begin initial engagement on the objectives of the research with members working at all levels of HIV/AIDS policy and public administration.Full newsletter: AHSS Newsletter 2014
AHSS Research Newsletter – January 2013
A University of Limerick-led research initiative into the impact public administration systems have on effective HIV/AIDS policies received €578,784 funding from Irish Aid in its programme of Strategic Cooperation with Higher Education and Research Institutes. The project examines the relationships between actors in the complex networks which shape the implementation of HIV/AIDS policy. It will identify criteria that determine optimal policy implementation, while employing an emancipatory approach which treats the research process itself as a means to promote the development of sustainable networks, capabilities and pro-poor policy outcomes. By partnering with universities in Africa, the project will strengthen relationships and synergies between these institutions to support innovative approaches to policy analysis, and will also deepen the capacity of the Southern institutions to promote effective administration of health policies in their local settings.Full newsletter: AHSS Newsletter 2013