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Science Seminar: Eran Bendavid, "Health Plus: Spillover from Foreign Aid for Health in Africa"



Date and Time

December 15, 2014 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


William J. Perry Conference Room, Encina Hall, 2nd Floor, 616 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305

Abstract:  Foreign aid for health in low- and middle-income countries has increased five-fold over the past 25 years.  Between 2005 and 2010, health aid made up more than 30% of all health spending in low-income countries.  Global health is also an increasingly important component of U.S. foreign aid, rising steadily from under 4% of all U.S. non-military aid in 1990 to 22.7% in 2011.  There is growing evidence for the role of health aid in improving health among recipient countries, but is that it?  In this talk I will address the arguments for and against health as a focus of aid efforts and present initial evidence on the role of health aid on human capital and economic development.

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