chapter  6
18 Pages

HIV/AIDS and Development: Failures of Vision and Imagination

ByAlan Whiteside

Human nature demands people strive to ‘better’ themselves. For some it means more material possessions, for others intellectual advancement, for many it is that the world be a better place for their children. Nations expect to make progress in a similar fashion. In the rich world this is most frequently set out in the manifestos of political parties. For example in the UK the Labour Party policy states: ‘Having secured a third term, we will fulfi l our promise to renew our country and take Britain forward to a better future not back to a failed Tory past … We will focus on three crucial areas: the economy, modernising public services, tackling crime and asylum; building on what we have achieved to make Britain better since coming to offi ce in 1997’ (Labour Party, n.d.).