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Nitsan Chorev ─ Give and Take: Developmental Foreign Aid and the Pharmaceutical Industry in East Africa

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

Reception to follow.

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Join author Nitsan Chorev, and panelists Adam Levine, Director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Prerna Singh, Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, and J. Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies, for a discussion of Chorev's new book Give and Take: Developmental Foreign Aid and the Pharmaceutical Industry in East Africa. Moderated by Patrick Heller, Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs.

About the book:

Give and Take looks at local drug manufacturing in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, from the early 1980s to the present, to understand the impact of foreign aid on industrial development. While foreign aid has been attacked by critics as wasteful, counterproductive, or exploitative, Nitsan Chorev makes a clear case for the effectiveness of what she terms “developmental foreign aid.”

Against the backdrop of Africa’s pursuit of economic self-sufficiency, the battle against AIDS and malaria, and bitter negotiations over affordable drugs, Chorev offers an important corrective to popular views on foreign aid and development. She shows that when foreign aid has provided markets, monitoring, and mentoring, it has supported the emergence and upgrading of local production. In instances where donors were willing to procure local drugs, they created new markets that gave local entrepreneurs an incentive to produce new types of drugs. In turn, when donors enforced exacting standards as a condition to access those markets, they gave these producers an incentive to improve quality standards. And where technical know-how was not readily available and donors provided mentoring, local producers received the guidance necessary for improving production processes.

Without losing sight of domestic political-economic conditions, historical legacies, and foreign aid’s own internal contradictions, Give and Take presents groundbreaking insights into the conditions under which foreign aid can be effective.

Nitsan Chorev is the Harmon Family Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Among other publications, she is the author of Give and Take: Developmental Foreign Aid and the Pharmaceutical Industry in East Africa (Princeton University Press, 2020), The World Health Organization between North and South (Cornell University Press, 2012), and Remaking U.S. Trade Policy: From Protectionism to Globalization (Cornell University Press, 2007).

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