Program-Based Budgeting in Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A New Dataset

November 2018 | by Jason Lakin, Ph.D. and Suad Hasan, International Budget Partnership

A large number of low- and middle-income countries have either recently introduced, are introducing, or are currently reforming their approach to program-based budgeting. A persistent challenge for both reformers and budget users in many countries undertaking such transitions is to learn about practices in other countries, good or bad, that might inform local approaches.

As part of research undertaken for a larger World Health Organization project, International Budget Partnership researchers collected and assessed budget documents from 30 low- and middle-income countries with some form of program budgeting. A brief technical note describes the data collected and offers a summary of what it tells us, and the dataset contains the full assessment and additional notes.


Further Reading

IBP’s work on program budgets, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), examines global practices related to budget program structure in health to shed light on how governments define program objectives as part of their broader quest to shift budgeting toward results that matter to citizens. The following publications are also part of this project:


program budget structure in the health sector in low and middle income countries dataset note ibp 2018.pdf

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health budget programs dataset low middle income countries ibp 2018.xlsx

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Suad Hasan

Program Officer, Open Budget Survey, International Budget Partnership

Suad joined the International Budget Partnership in May of 2016 and is based in Washington D.C. As a Program Associate with the Open Budget Initiative, Suad is responsible for data collection and review of the Open Budget Survey, and coordinating and providing technical assistance to civil society partners and government through out the survey process. She also assists with other research projects related to budgets and budget transparency.

Prior to joining IBP, Suad worked as a journalist with a news organization in New Delhi assisting with the coverage of political stories. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service.

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