All care and no responsibility? The fungibility of health aid under SWAp
Wednesday 27 April 2016, 12.00PM to 1.30pm
Speaker(s): Rohan Sweeney, Monash University
Abstract: In what many view as evidence of government failure to take responsibility for the health of their people, previous studies have estimated that for every $1 of health aid received, recipient governments reduce their own expenditure on health by around 80c.
International pressure placed on donors to engage with Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps), which aim to increase recipient government autonomy over aid allocation decisions, has been viewed by some as exacerbating the problem. This may in part explain observed reductions in health aid delivered to SWAp implementing countries. Yet the validity of this concern is unknown.
This research employs panel data regressions to investigate whether SWAp implementation has increased the extent to which health aid has displaced government’s expenditure on health.
Location: Alcuin A Block A019/020