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Alan Whiteside

Director, Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division and Professor
University of Kwazulu-Natal
Nationality: South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)31 260-2590

Alan Whiteside was born in Kenya but grew up in Swaziland, where he attended Waterford Kamhlaba College. He has a B.A (development studies) and an M.A. (development economics) from the University of East Anglia and a D.Econ. from the University of Natal. He was an Overseas Development Institute fellow working as a planning officer (economist) in the Ministry of Finance and Development, Gaborone, Botswana. He then worked as a research fellow in the Economic Research Unit of the University of Natal (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal). In 1998 he established the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the university. In 1990 Whiteside started the newsletter AIDS Analysis Africa and edited it until 2002. He is the coauthor of the books AIDS: The Challenge for South Africa (with Clem Sunter; 2000) and AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: Disease and Globalisation (with Tony Barnett; 2002 and 2006) and HIV/AIDS A Very Short Introduction as well as numerous articles. He has held fellowships internationally Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Southampton (2004-2006); Visiting Professor, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and in 2009, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, (Carleton University). He was appointed a Commissioner on the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa between 2003 and 2006. He is a member of the editorial boards of African Journal of AIDS Research; Development Policy Review; Globalisation and Health and Journal of the International AIDS Society. He has an ongoing commitment to development, with Swaziland and Southern Africa as a central concern. He is a Board member of Young Hero’s Swaziland, an elected member of Governing Council International AIDS Society and is the treasurer; a member of the Waterford Kamhlaba United World College Governing Council; and a member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Policy Advisory Committee. He is a patron of the Themba Trust based in London.


  • Development economics
  • Health economics

Library Articles

The AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa gains momentum

Aids took some time to reach Southern Africa. It seemed to be confined to the countries of Central Africa and the homosexual population of the west. In South Africa up to 1990 most of the aids cases were in the gay community however the numbers for HIV was spreading. This paper focuses on a survey on the spread of HIV and what the prospects and implications of the epidemic will be.

Labour Migration in Southern Africa

"This monograph will briefly outline the origins of the migratory labour system. The trends in labour movement are of particular significance and these are examined at length. Three parties are involved in any migration: the governments of the supplying and recipient countries, and migrants and their families. Each group and its importance will be discussed. Although the system has been in...

Investment opportunities in Southern Africa The Business Climate in the SADCC States

"This paper will begin by looking at the reasons why the investor should consider SADCC, and will then go on to discuss the business climate in these countries. There are three appendices, a map to help locate the countries and major trade routes, a tabular representation of investment incentives and the business climate in the various countries and an example of a list of investment...

Past trends and future prospects for labour migration to South Africa

"Foreign migrants to South Africa have always been part of the labour force in South Africa. The income of these migrants is of considerable importance to their governments and families. This paper will look at the trends in migration and try to establish what the future prospects for foreign migration to South Africa are."