Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health

9. Global Public Goods for Health: Use and Limitations

Richard D Smith, David Woodward


Conclusion (1)

GPGH concept provides a useful framework to:

  • raise additional funds from developed countries’ domestic budgets to supplement aid funds
  • promote investment by developed countries in the health systems of developing countries, as ‘access goods’
  • promote strategic partnerships between developed and developing countries
  • guide political process of establishing, and mechanisms for providing and financing, global programs with GPG characteristics

There are several areas where the GPGH concept is of value, as well as several limitations.

Overall, the GPGH concept provides a useful framework to:

  • raise additional funds from developed countries' domestic budgets to supplement aid funds;
  • promote investment by developed countries in the health systems of developing countries, as 'access goods';
  • promote strategic partnerships between developed and developing countries; and
  • guide the political process of establishing, and mechanisms for providing and financing, global programs with GPG characteristics.

In short, the GPG concept is not a reliable guide for the global community in deciding what to do, but it may, in some areas, be more useful in guiding their decisions about how it might be done.

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