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Give and TakeDevelopmental Foreign Aid and the Pharmaceutical Industry in East Africa$
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Nitsan Chorev

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691197845

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691197845.001.0001

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Uganda in the 2000s

Uganda in the 2000s

Entrepreneurship With and Without Aid

(p.188) 8 Uganda in the 2000s
Give and Take

Nitsan Chorev

Princeton University Press

This chapter identifies the conditions that led even the largest Ugandan pharmaceutical companies to forgo production of complex drugs or quality upgrading, with the exception of one firm with a unique trajectory. In Uganda, the Global Fund did not operate through the drug procurement state agency, which made the Global Fund market less approachable for most local producers. Additionally, Ugandan producers were not offered the mentoring made available to Kenyan and Tanzanian drug companies. Without potential markets and adequate mentoring, local producers did not have the incentives or capabilities to change their strategies, and local pharmaceutical firms in Uganda continued to produce simple drugs. The exception was a joint venture between a Ugandan firm and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in India. With unprecedented support from the state, it was able to successfully achieve a WHO certificate and take advantage of the Global Fund and other markets.

Keywords:   Ugandan pharmaceutical companies, Global Fund, local pharmaceutical firms, drug procurement state agency, Ugandan drug producers

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