Global Health Policy Blog

CGD experts offer ideas and analysis on global health issues and how better policies can improve well-being for everyone. Also check out our Views from the Center blog and US Development Policy blog.

 

How Could the Global Fund Get More Health for Its Money? Lessons from the Economics of Contract Theory

Our recent report on next generation financing models looks at how global health donors, specifically the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, can enhance the health impact of grants by tying grant payments to achieved and verified results. Yet there are several ways to condition payments on performance, and some ways would likely work better than others.  Can economic theory suggest specific features of contract designs which would generate more health for the money?  

Time Has Value: The Hidden Time Costs of Community Health Worker Programs

Recruiting community members with basic training for health promotion and care delivery is increasingly popular among development programs in low- and middle-income countries. This approach has great appeal: it could boost accountability and local ownership, and reduce program costs. Though the potential benefits of the approach are easily touted, the full costs remain murky and are often an afterthought. 

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