Funding Foci, Cost Effectiveness, and Recipients' Priorities for Global Health: Are US Foundations More Responsive than Official Development Assistance?

41 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 28 Sep 2014

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Daniel E. Esser

American University - School of International Service

Kara Keating Bench

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Adding to official development assistance (ODA), global health is also receiving increasing resources from US-based private foundations. Amid growing budgets and funder diversity, aid responsiveness to recipients’ priorities and needs are central concerns. Merging datasets on international health funding, disease burden, cost-effectiveness and perceived priorities in 27 low- and middle-income countries, this study offers the first national-level snapshot of global health aid allocation. The analysis shows that ODA in 2006 was only marginally more responsive to disease burden than grants by the five most prominent US foundations yet both demonstrated geographic and disease-specific biases and both ignored local priorities.

Keywords: global health, private foundations, official development assistance, cost effectiveness, development politics, sub-Saharan Africa

JEL Classification: I1, I3, H7, O1, O2

Suggested Citation

Esser, Daniel E. and Keating Bench, Kara, Funding Foci, Cost Effectiveness, and Recipients' Priorities for Global Health: Are US Foundations More Responsive than Official Development Assistance? (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1449442

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