Enriching knowledge about development issues
AFD takes active part in strategic international discussions and, equally, in enhancing thought about development aid modalities and solutions. AFD sees this creation of knowledge as an indispensible complement to its financial and technical operations, allowing it to tailor interventions as practices, needs and situations evolve.
Many countries, confronted with low health care access and payment collection problems, now promote policies that exempt the poorest and most vulnerable from paying user fees. Community based health insurance sometimes complements these strategies. Such experiences of targeted “free medical care” are currently supported by the international community. However, despite the momentum to abolish user fees and generally promote universal health coverage, many questions remain: How did these policies emerge? How have they been put in place? Which evidence of their impacts on health and economic outcomes is there? How did they affect the health sector? How can local initiatives be scaled up? How sustainable are these policies?
This 2-days conference, built around the presentation of two recent research programmes and NGOs innovative projects, co-financed by AFD, proposes to provide some insights on these critical issues. It also aims at challenging the methods used to evaluate health financing policies, and at questioning the use of research to improve public policies and donors’ strategies.
What can be learnt from innovative research methodologies and NGOs approaches?
The first day of the conference will cover the presentation of two ambitious studies:
- Removal of User Fees: an evaluation of a public policy in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger (Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, LASDEL and Valery Ridde, University of Montréal);
- Micro-health insurance: an experimental impact evaluation in Cambodia (David Levine, University of California, Berkeley and Ian Ramage, DOMREI).
The second day (morning) will present innovative approaches in micro-health insurance promoted by NGOs in Senegal and Cambodia.
Jacky Mathonnat (CERDI), Mead Over (CGD), J.-P. Olivier de Sardan (LASDEL), Valery Ridde (Université de Montréal), David Levine (University of California, Berkeley), Ian Ramage (DOMREI), Michael Clarke (CRDI), Hélène Giacobino (J-Pal), Ir Por (National Institute of Public Health, Cambodia), Saidou Ekoye (Niger’s Ministry of Health), Bruno Galland and Allan Boutbien (CIDR), Marc Nabeth (Colombus consulting) and Pascale Le Roy (GRET) will participate to the conference.
May, 27: Health financing in developing countries: from research to policy change?
- 9:30-10:00 - Introduction to health financing hot issues
- 10:00-13:00 - Strategies to improve healthcare financial access: Which effects on patients and the health system? How sustainable?
- 14:00 -15:30 - Methods to evaluate health financing policies: What can be sound expectations in terms of quantitative / qualitative methods and their interaction?
- 15:30-17:00 - Panel session on the use of research – evaluation: Which policy use? Which research spillovers?
- 17:00 - “Removal of User Fees in Niger” from Malam Saguirou (film projection)
May, 28: Health financing in developing countries: how can innovative NGOs initiatives in health micro-insurance be scaled up?
- 9:30-11:00 - Pricing and design of micro-health insurance: the experience of Senegal and Cambodia
- 11:00-12:15 - From health micro-insurance to social health protection: the experience of SKY and HIP projects in Cambodia
Presentations will be both in French and in English. Simultaneous translation from French to English will be insured.
The AFD Research Department, the World Bank Development Research Group (DECRG) and the Center for Global Development (CDG) are jointly organizing the Sixth International Conference on “Migration and Development” that is to be held at the Al Akhawatn University in Ifrane, Morocco, in May 18-19, 2013.
The conference is devoted to investigating channels through which international migration affects economic and social outcomes of developing countries. Possible topics include social networks and diaspora externalities, remittances, return migration, migration and the pattern of trade/FDI, brain drain, migration and institutional/technological change, migration and development in the MENA region, and the effect of emigration on poverty, inequality, and human capital formation in developing countries.
A selection of papers from the conference will be considered for a special issue of The Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
Submissions of full papers (PDF files) are expected by January, 31, 2013. Submissions should be sent to the following email address. Decisions will be communicated by February, 25, 2013. Travel (economy class) and accommodation in Ifrane will be covered.
► Keynote Speakers:
- Giovanni Peri, UC Davis
- Yves Zenou, Stockholm University
► Program Committee:
Ran Abramitzky (Stanford), Emmanuelle Auriol (Toulouse), Michel Beine (University of Luxembourg), Michael Clemens (Center for Global Development), Patricia Cortes (Boston U), Frederic Docquier (Louvain), Flore Gubert (DIAL, University Paris-Dauphine), Hubert Jayet (EQUIPPE, Université de Lille), William Kerr (Harvard Business School), David McKenzie (World Bank), Kaivan Munshi (Brown), Çağlar Özden (World Bank), Giovanni Peri (UC Davis), Hillel Rapoport (Chair, Bar-Ilan and EQUIPPE), Imran Rasul (UCL), Dean Yang (University of Michigan), Yves Zenou (Stockholm).
► Organizers :
- Michael Clemens (CGD),
- Manjula Luthria (CMI),
- Çağlar Özden (World Bank),
- Hillel Rapoport (Bar-Ilan and EQUIPPE),
- Véronique Sauvat (AFD)