The Role of Southern Actors in Global Governance: The Fight against HIV/AIDS

GIGA Working Paper No. 46

28 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2007 Last revised: 16 Aug 2012

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Sonja Bartsch

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Lars Kohlmorgen

University of Hamburg

Date Written: March 1, 2007

Abstract

This paper analyses the role of actors from developing countries in global processes of policy making and governance. To systematically examine the channels of influence of Southern actors and the interactions in global governance it develops the concept of interfaces. It differentiates between organisational, discoursive, legal and resource-transfer interfaces in global governance. This approach is exemplified in the analysis of a specific field of global governance, the global fight against HIV/AIDS. The paper examines the role of Southern governments and non-state actors in the central organisations of global health, their influence in debates and discourses on strategies to fight HIV/AIDS, and the financing mechanisms that were introduced to fight HIV/AIDS in the developing world. It shows that albeit actors from Northern countries dominate global governance in general, in particular areas the current institutional setting of global governance provides significant opportunities for rather weak actors such as civil society organisations and governments from the South to influence strategies and policies.

Keywords: North-South relations, global governance, HIV/AIDS, global health, civil society, power relations, interfaces

Suggested Citation

Bartsch, Sonja and Kohlmorgen, Lars, The Role of Southern Actors in Global Governance: The Fight against HIV/AIDS (March 1, 2007). GIGA Working Paper No. 46, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=978178 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.978178

Sonja Bartsch (Contact Author)

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) ( email )

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Hamburg, DE D-20354
Germany

Lars Kohlmorgen

University of Hamburg ( email )

Von-Melle-Park 5
20146 Hamburg
Germany

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