Making Medicines in Africa The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health


Edited by Maureen Mackintosh, Geoffrey Banda ,Paula Tibandebage, Watu Wamae

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July 5, 2016



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This book is a collective project. It was designed and debated in a workshop funded largely by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in London in December 2014. We are grateful to UNIDO and to Juergen Reinhardt in particular for his support and encouragement. We also would like to thank the Open University and the Economic and Social Research Council, UK, for providing the funding that allowed this book to be published in open access form. The book draws extensively on original research and on direct experience
of involvement in policy making. Several chapters – and some of the broader framing of the book – have their origins in a research project on Industrial Productivity and Health Sector Performance, funded by the DFID/ESRC Growth Research Programme. The findings, interpretations,
conclusions and opinions expressed in the relevant chapters (identified in notes) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of DFID or the UK ESRC. The views expressed throughout are the sole responsibility of the authors. When a number of contributors to this book began to work on the Industrial Productivity project in 2012, it is fair to say that the international policy debates on access to medicines in African countries
remained focused on funding procurement of essential medicines from Asian manufacturers. The project aimed to explore the scope for local developmental synergy between industrial development of pharmaceutical production on the Sub-Saharan African subcontinent
and improvement of the performance of health sectors suffering from chronic under supply of essential medicines. As we have worked on the project, we have become part of a much wider movement to identify and generate these synergies. This book is an outcome of this
networking, and we hope it will contribute to strengthening evidence, debate and policy making.