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Local pharmaceutical production in East Africa: South-South production networks and the state

In response to a dependence on imports, as well as concerns over the quality and longer-term fragility of supply of imported medicines, enhancing the local production of pharmaceuticals is now a key focus of policymakers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In response to a dependence on imports, as well as concerns over the quality and longer-term fragility of supply of imported medicines, enhancing the local production of pharmaceuticals is now a key focus of policymakers in Sub-Saharan Africa. This project seeks to understand the challenges facing local pharmaceutical firms in the context of “South-South” competition from, and collaboration with, Indian imports, as well as the various industrial policy initiatives shaping the local industry. The project involves conducting fieldwork in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and India, including primary interviews with key stakeholders (local and foreign pharmaceutical firms, industry association groups and policymakers). The project builds on my earlier PhD research on the political economy of the development of the pharmaceutical industry within India.

This project was led by Dr Rory Horner. It was funded by a Regional Studies Association early career grant.

Key academic publications

Additional materials

Invited lecture at Queen Mary University of London as part of their Department of Geography seminar series, 2 February 2016.

Invited lecture at British Institute in Eastern Africa in Nairobi, 26 January 2016.

A blog post on the Development@Manchester blog.

This research has been featured on China’s state news agency Xinhua