Mexico’s Model Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program for Fighting Poverty

This feature story highlights Mexico’s exemplary poverty fighting program, Oportunidades, which used results-based financing methods for a decade to help 25% of the population improve their health, nutrition and educational status. Research documenting the program’s results shows how using CCTs raised incomes and changed behavior.




The impact of Mexico’s conditional cash transfer programme, Oportunidades, on birthweight

The objective is to evaluate the impact of Oportunidades, a large-scale, conditional cash transfer programme in Mexico, on birthweight. The programme provides cash transfers to low-income, rural households in Mexico, conditional on accepting nutritional supplements health education, and health care. The primary analyses used retrospective reports from 840 women in poor rural communities participating in… Read more




Let’s invest in private hospitals as they are more efficient compared to other hospitals, right?

My co-authors and I recently published a paper in which assess whether the efficiency of a hospital is affected by its type of ownership. Interestingly, in parallel unrelated efforts, the US think tank Centre for Global Development is also currently publishing a series of papers and blogs that seek to re-examine the role of hospitals… Read more




Assessing voice and accountability in Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Programme, 2011–2016

The objective of this assignment is to provide input to the Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Programme (HPNSDP) Annual Programme Review in September 2013 on opportunities and options to enhance ‘voice and accountability’ (V&A) in the health sector programme in Bangladesh. It does this through: Mapping current V&A initiatives, including those initiated outside the… Read more




National- and district-level funding in the health sector

Contact with health financing experts and a rapid literature search found no research that compares district level and national level donor funding. The literature suggests that effectiveness of funding at the national level is likely to depend on how well central funds are disbursed and on the capacity of local services receiving the funds. In… Read more




Different Funding Modalities for Health – Update

Key findings include: Sector budget support has generated some impressive results in the health field in the East Africa context. General budget support (GBS) increases the budget allocation for the health sector more than tax revenue does. However, the effect of government health expenditure on health indicators is not necessarily improved by the introduction of… Read more




Susan Elden on issues around the implementation of National Health Insurance in Ghana

In this seminar, Susan Elden presents issues around the implementation of National Health Insurance in Ghana. Although the system in Ghana is not perfect, it has offered a relatively stable health system and it has a lot of potential for the future. As development partners, DFID are particularly interested in the purchasing modalities Ghana has… Read more




Myles Ritchie on the role of regulation in driving quality of health services

In this seminar, Myles Ritchie speaks about the role of regulation in driving quality.  He looks at regulation within the context of a range of other quality improvement methodologies, to show that regulatory intervention is just one part of quality improvement.  Regulation will not necessarily lift the quality of care but it can create the… Read more




Investing in Social Outcomes: Development Impact Bonds. The Report of the Development Impact Bond Working Group.

Development finance is rapidly changing. Private financial flows and domestic revenues in developing countries are increasing, and contributions from new development partners, development finance institutions, and philanthropic organisations are on the rise. These new sources of finance and expertise complement traditional development cooperation and are creating opportunities for new partnership that make the best use… Read more




Kara Hanson on enhancing the resilience and responsiveness of health systems

In this short video Kara Hanson from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) explains how universal health coverage (UHC) aims to make services available to everyone, without leading to financial impoverishment. The challenge is to provide the services that are needed while at the same time maintaining quality. To achieve UHC, health financing… Read more




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