Health financing for universal coverage

General budget support in developing countries: ensuring the health sector's interest

Technical brief for policy-makers, Number 2/2008


Adélio Fernandes Antunes, Guy Carrin, David B. Evans

Technical brief for policy makers number 2,

Publication details

Number of pages: 11
Publication date: 2008
Languages: EN
WHO reference number: WHO/HSS/HSF/PB/08.02



Ministries of health in low- and middle-income countries traditionally rely on project support as the main aid instrument to respond to their development needs. Some major development partners and donors have provided increased assistance in the form of another aid instrument: General Budget Support.

What is general budget support? How does it affect the health sector? Why should health sector decision-makers be closely involved in it? This policy brief answers these questions.