The health systems funding platform and World Bank legacy: the gap between rhetoric and reality

Brown, Scott S., Sen, Kasturi and Decoster, Kristof (2013) The health systems funding platform and World Bank legacy: the gap between rhetoric and reality. Globalization and Health, 9 9.1: 9.7. doi:10.1186/1744-8603-9-9


Author Brown, Scott S.
Sen, Kasturi
Decoster, Kristof
Title The health systems funding platform and World Bank legacy: the gap between rhetoric and reality
Journal name Globalization and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-8603
Publication date 2013-03-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1744-8603-9-9
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 9.1
Start page 9.7
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Language eng
Abstract Global health partnerships created to encourage funding efficiencies need to be approached with some caution, with claims for innovation and responsiveness to development needs based on untested assumptions around the potential of some partners to adapt their application, funding and evaluation procedures within these new structures. We examine this in the case of the Health Systems Funding Platform, which despite being set up some three years earlier, has stalled at the point of implementation of its key elements of collaboration. While much of the attention has been centred on the suspension of the Global Fund’s Round 11, and what this might mean for health systems strengthening and the Platform more broadly, we argue that inadequate scrutiny has been made of the World Bank’s contribution to this partnership, which might have been reasonably anticipated based on an historical analysis of development perspectives. Given the tensions being created by the apparent vulnerability of the health systems strengthening agenda, and the increasing rhetoric around the need for greater harmonization in development assistance, an examination of the positioning of the World Bank in this context is vital.
Keyword Health systems funding platform
World Bank
Health systems strengthening
Aid effectiveness
Aid coordination
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number 9.

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