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Focus Area: <span>Strengthening PFM and immunization budgeting for transition</span>

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From Overall Fiscal Space to Budgetary Space for Health: Connecting Public Financial Management to Resource Mobilization in the Era of COVID-19

This paper advances the concept of budgetary space for health, which explores resources available for health that are generated through higher public expenditure, better budget allocations, and through improved public financial management (PFM). The budget decomposition approach presented in the paper provides insight into the extent to which each factor drives expansion in budgetary space for health.

The approach is applied to 133 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) between 2000–2017 and finds that around 70% of budgetary space for health is driven by changes in overall public expenditure,

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Video Podcasts: Leveraging Public Financial Management for Better Health

In 2019, WHO organized a webinar series of public financial management (PFM) in health issues. The series included six sessions on key PFM topics – from budget formulation, to budget execution and monitoring  – and involved a range of well-established experts from WHO, World Bank, OECD, International Budget Partnership and Results for Development, as well as country experts from health and finance authorities.

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Let Managers Manage: A Health Service Provider’s Perspective on Public Financial Management

This post originally appeared on the World Bank’s Investing in Health Blog. Below is an excerpt from the blog. In low and middle-income countries (LMICs), public financial management (PFM) reforms often consist of a standard set of interventions  to strengthen the overall strategic allocation and accountability of public funds. They are often not sufficiently customised or … Continued

From Stumbling Block to Enabler: The Role of Public Financial Management in Health Service Delivery in Tanzania and Zambia

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The way governments manage resources through the budget cycle has important implications for health policy and whether governments achieve societal objectives such as efficiency, equity, quality, and accountability. Studies found a positive association between health service delivery outcomes and good governance of public finance; however, the mechanisms through which public financial management affects service delivery remain under-explored.

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Budget Credibility Across Countries: How Deviations are Affecting Spending on Social Priorities

As countries increasingly focus on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), attention is often focused on the financing gap governments face in meeting their commitments. Not enough questions are being asked about governments’ capacity to effectively manage and spend the resources that they already have – or say they have. In this paper, researchers use a recent dataset to look at how “credible” government budgets are across the world – by “credible” we mean the extent to which actual spending matches the approved budget – and,

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WHO Webinar Series: Leveraging Public Financial Management for Better Health

05/01/2019 - 11/30/2019

Webinar Series

WHO is conducting a six- part webinar series from May to November 2019 on how to reform budgets and make them work better for UHC. The series aims to enhance technical knowledge and capacity among key sector stakeholders and stimulate peer exchange on the implementation of budget reforms in health. It will consist of six … Continued

4 Things Ministers of Finance Need to Know about Immunization in Gavi Transitioning Countries

Authors: Helen Saxenian, Logan Brenzel, Leah Ewald, and Meghan O’Connell

The Ministry of Finance is a crucial ally for Ministries of Health and country immunization programs aiming to successfully manage Gavi transition. Ministries of Health, Ministries of Finance, Ministries of Budget, and development partners often have separate planning processes, which can make it difficult to plan for the needs of changing immunization programs as they move toward self-sustainability.

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WHO Budget Structure Reforms and Transition to Program Budgeting in Health: Lessons from Armenia

WHO’s case study of ongoing budget reform in Armenia finds that Armenia’s gradual transition to program-based budgeting has improved the National Assembly’s ability to assess the extent to which budgets are consistent with policy and track program performance through the introduction of indicators for quantity, quality and timeliness of health services. Armenia’s National Immunization Program is a consolidated activity within the Public Health Program,

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Transition to Program Budgeting in Health: Experience from Countries and Lessons Learned

WHO’s Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing is providing support to Ministries of Health in this transition process, with the following aims: 1) building the knowledge base on good practices in health budget reforms, including the development of an online health budget portal and country case studies; 2) providing technical support and guidance to … Continued

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