Allocation of development assistance for health: Is the predominance of national income justified?

Date: 01 December 2017

Gross national income (GNI) per capita is widely regarded as a key determinant of health outcomes. Major donors heavily rely on GNI per capita to allocate development assistance for health (DAH). This article questions this paradigm by analysing the determinants of health outcomes using cross-sectional data from 99 countries in 2012. We use disability-adjusted life years (Group I) per capita as our main indicator for health outcomes. We consider four primary variables: GNI per capita, institutional capacity, individual poverty and the epidemiological surroundings.

Max Roser Stefan Thewissen Olivier Sterck Mthuli Ncube

Employment, Equity and Growth

Allocation of development assistance for health: is the predominance of national income justified?


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Sterck, O., Roser, M., Ncube, M. & Thewissen, S. (2017). ‘Allocation of development assistance for health: Is the predominance of national income justified?’. Forthcoming in Health Policy and Planning, 33(1), pp.i14-i23. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czw173


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