A review of global mechanisms for tracking official development assistance for health in countries affected by armed conflict


Patel, P; Roberts, B; Conteh, L; Guy, S; Lee-Jones, L; (2011) A review of global mechanisms for tracking official development assistance for health in countries affected by armed conflict. Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 100 (2-3). pp. 116-124. ISSN 0168-8510 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.08.007

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Poverty is highly concentrated in countries affected by armed conflict which are the furthest from reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Tracking aid patterns for health is crucial for improving the effectiveness of external aid to countries affected by armed conflict which tend to depend heavily upon external assistance and also have particularly acute health needs. OBJECTIVES: This study systematically assesses the reliability of global aid databases which are commonly used for tracking aid to countries affected by armed conflict. It offers analyses of two main databases - the Creditor Reporting System (CRS) and the Financial Tracking System (FTS) by reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of these data sources. METHODS: A literature review was conducted to assess the existing evidence on aid tracking generally, and aid databases more broadly. Interviews were also conducted with experts involved in health resource tracking, donor agencies, and NGOs. RESULTS: Despite limitations, the CRS and FTS are appropriate for tracking aid for conflict-affected countries as they are comprehensive and allow analysis of different aid activities, countries, years, and donors. CONCLUSIONS: The study offers recommendations on how CRS and FTS might be enhanced to try and improve the accountability and effectiveness of aid to countries affected by armed conflict.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Research Centre: ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
PubMed ID: 20828855
Web of Science ID: 291910400002
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2092

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