Macroeconomics and Health (CMH)

MacroHealth Newsletter

No. 14, February 2006


EXTERNAL RESOURCE FLOWS TO THE HEALTH SECTOR…

Studies find urgent need for improved tracking of donor funds for health

Three studies in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, commissioned as part of the CMH follow-up, suggest the strong need for better and more timely data on the allocation of donor funds within countries. A key recommendation is that trends and patterns in the allocation of external financial flows should be linked to the performance of health systems, towards improving the effectiveness of development assistance for health. One important finding of the studies is that the share of external funds channeled 'on-budget' differed widely across the three countries. In Cambodia, only about 20% of external funds were disbursed through the Treasury.

For more information, see http://www.who.int/macrohealth/documents/michaud_synthesis.pdf.

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