(Accessed 12 May 2012)
Does Development Assistance for Health Really Displace Government Health Spending? Reassessing the Evidence
Rajaie Batniji, Eran Bendavid Essay, published 08 May 2012
– At the core of the current aid debate is the question of whether development assistance for health provided to developing country governments increases health expenditures.
– It has recently been suggested that development assistance for health to governments leads to a displacement of government spending, reinforcing skepticism about health aid.
– Here we examine a database of public financing for health from 1995 to 2006 and demonstrate that prior conclusions drawn from these data are unstable and driven by outliers.
– While government spending may be displaced by development assistance for health in some settings, the evidence is not robust and is highly variable across countries. We recommend