Swedish development cooperation’s response to the HIV epidemic – what can we learn from the process?

HIV has been one of the major health issues to occur in the history of development cooperation. From a development effectiveness perspective, the HIV response is interesting because of the rapidly shifting landscape of knowledge and the learning process this has engendered. Changes in the nature of the epidemic, the evolution of medical, technical and socio-economic knowledge regarding transmission mechanisms, affected populations, prevention and treatment, and transforming views of HIV and AIDS in society, has made HIV and AIDS into continuously moving targets to which policy responses needed to react and adapt.

From this perspective, a study of Sweden’s response to the HIV epidemic over time could provide insights into how policy design and implementation has responded to a health threat in constant transformation.

The purpose of this study is to assess and to learn from the Swedish international response to the HIV epidemic. The study should describe and analyse what the Swedish response looked like and how it has changed over time. How and where has Sweden contributed resources and influenced systems, organisations, and initiatives? Which were the factors and trends which influenced the decisions that Sweden has taken as a global actor in development cooperation related to HIV?

Authors: Pam Baatsen (Senior Advisor, KIT), Dennis van Wanrooij (Associate Professor, KIT), Coen Buvelot (Junior Advisor, KIT), Hannah Kabelka (Junior Advisor, KIT), Thyra de Jongh (Consultant, Technopolis Group), Gerwin Evers (Consultant, Technopolis Group), Josefine Olsson (Consultant, Technopolis Group), Liana Petrosova (Consultant, Technopolis Group) och Noor Tromp (Advisor, KIT).

Chair, reference group: Julia Schalk

Project manager at EBA: Lisa Hjelm