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Has the swap influenced aid flows in the health sector?

Sweeney, Rohan and Mortimer, Duncan 2016, Has the swap influenced aid flows in the health sector?, Health economics, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 559-577, doi: 10.1002/hec.3170.

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Title Has the swap influenced aid flows in the health sector?
Author(s) Sweeney, Rohan
Mortimer, Duncan
Journal name Health economics
Volume number 25
Issue number 5
Start page 559
End page 577
Total pages 19
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 1099-1050
Keyword(s) aid coordination
allocative efficiency
developing countries
efficiency
foreign aid
sector wide approach
Efficiency, Organizational
Financial Support
Global Health
Government
Health Care Rationing
Health Care Sector
Health Policy
International Cooperation
Models, Statistical
Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Economics
Health Care Sciences & Services
Health Policy & Services
Business & Economics
LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES
DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
EXTERNAL RESOURCES
FUNDING PRIORITIES
WIDE APPROACH
FOREIGN-AID
BANGLADESH
SYSTEMS
ZAMBIA
Summary The sector wide approach (SWAp) emerged during the 1990s as a mechanism for managing aid from the multiplicity of development partners that operate in the recipient country's health, education or agricultural sectors. Health SWAps aim to give increased control to recipient governments, allowing greater domestic influence over how health aid is allocated and facilitating allocative efficiency gains. This paper assesses whether health SWAps have increased recipient control of health aid via increased general sector-support and have facilitated (re)allocations of health aid across disease areas. Using a uniquely compiled panel data set of countries receiving development assistance for health over the period 1990-2010, we employ fixed effects and dynamic panel models to assess the impact of introducing a health SWAp on levels of general sector-support for health and allocations of health-sector aid across key funding silos (including HIV, 'maternal and child health' and 'sector-support'). Our results suggest that health SWAps have influenced health-sector aid flows in a manner consistent with increased recipient control and improvements in allocative efficiency.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/hec.3170
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091758

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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