How much leeway do recipients of aid or funding have in deciding priorities?

by admin on December 7, 2009 countries that depend on aid for healthcare, the issues surrounding how the money is spent–and programs what it goes to–are complex and challenging. Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the intersection of US interests in addressing specific health problems with recipient nations’ own desired areas of focus. In the case of aid-dependent nations, Garrett suggests, donor nations have a tendency to invest in overseas health programs that are popular among their taxpayers and ignore others that are less attractive to donor stakeholders but could be what developing nations truly need.

The Global Fund’s methods for addressing this dilemma are very different from those of, say, PEPFAR, a topic we’ve been exploring in a variety of ways.

Now, what happens if we set aside the country-level analysis and look at organizations instead. For organizations dependent on funding from foundations, individual donors, or other sources, how are the issues different?

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UK Business Forum November 11, 2010 at 3:56 am

I agree that it is a problem when donor nations invest in overseas health programs because they are popular among their taxpayers rather that investing in what developing nations really need.

Thanks for the article.

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