Journal article

The "aid contract" and its compensation scheme: A case study of the performance of the Ugandan health sector

Valeria Oliveira Cruz, Barbara McPake

Social Science & Medicine | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2010


Current literature on aid effectiveness describes increasing use of a more contractual approach to the relationship between donor and recipient government in which a system of rewards and penalties for good and bad performance operates. The purpose of this case study of the Ugandan health sector was to understand the extent to which this approach is influencing processes and effectiveness. This qualitative study used a conceptual framework based on agency theory and 'realistic evaluation'. Our results showed that the main official mechanism to assess and reward performance established through the Sector Wide Approach lacked objective criteria and was based on an unstructured system of discus..

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