Children’s issues have been at the margin of development policymakers’ attention and have attracted relatively few resources.
To date, advocates for greater efforts on children and HIV/AIDS have been handicapped because they have not been able to define the terms of the debates around either AIDS or development and aid. Instead, they have always been reduced to tacking their issue on to the margins of other international priorities. Moreover, the AIDS and aid debates are conducted around extremely ambitious objectives, namely conquering HIV/AIDS and abolishing poverty through economic growth at the expense of more modest but realisable goals, such as providing social protection programmes for children affected by HIV and AIDS.
This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 39.5 (2008) Between Exceptionalism and Revisionism: Children and Global AIDS Policies