Funding aid according to outcomes can improve health in poor countries, seminar hears

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2322
  1. Richard Hurley
  1. 1BMJ

Aid programmes in poor countries that are funded on the basis of measurable results have shown some promise in improving health efficiently, experts told a seminar in London on 7 April.

The system, “results based financing,” means that donors pay for programmes where the results can be precisely measured. They may pay, for example, according to exactly how many children are vaccinated.

However, members of the expert panel cautioned that the system needs more evaluation and that there can be “unintended consequences.”

“Donors are under more pressure to account for foreign aid spending: securing ‘value for money’ is now at the top of the agenda,” said Sam McPherson from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, who chaired the seminar at University College London. He echoed the words of …

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