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Unpacking the Role of Industry Associations in Diffusion and Governance of Health Innovations in Developing Countries

Dinar Kale   Julius Mugwagwa   Andrew Watkins

Principal investigator(s):   Theo Papaioannou

Funding: Leverhulme Trust - Philip Leverhulme Prize RPG-2013-013

Details of funding: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/sites/default/files/imported_pdfs/awards%20made%202013.pdf

October 1 2013 – September 30 2015

This project investigates the role of industry associations in diffusion and governance of health innovations in India and South Africa. The aim of the project is to open up the black box of innovation and politics, researching whether and in what ways biopharmaceutical associations in these developing countries promote technological capabilities and effective governance of health innovation.

The project will produce a theoretically embedded, empirically grounded, and policy relevant analysis of the role of biopharmaceutical associations in knowledge diffusion and governance. Social scientific research has a gap in understanding this role in developing countries. The activities of biopharmaceutical associations are a persistent blind spot; therefore, the project’s main objectives are to: advance understanding of the under- researched role of pharmaceutical industry associations in diffusion and governance of technological innovation and knowledge; make a detailed investigation of the practical impact of this role on health delivery in developing countries; compare the distinct innovation and governance capabilities of industry associations in emerging biopharmaceutical powers; and to provide high quality academic and policy outputs.

Further information can be found here.