Section Editor: Tim Shorten, Consultant, UK
Deputy Section Editor: Divya Parmar, King's College London, UK and Frédérique Vallières, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Development theories and development assistance have been fixtures on the global health landscape for decades, most recently with adoption of the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Considerable controversies continue to surround health development assistance, including the complex forms it takes (vertical, diagonal, horizontal), the lack of consistency over time, disbursements driven by donor interests rather than need, high transaction costs of poor donor coordination, a ‘charity’ rather than ‘entitlement’ approach, the rise of global philanthropies, and the lack of coherence between donors’ aid and their international trade/macroeconomic policies. In recent years, the role of micro-financing has been advanced as a key development strategy, although it remains controversial; and ‘social impact investing’ (where private investors finance projects with global social/public good outcomes, but also with the expectation of profit) is inserting a market logic into previously humanitarian notions of assistance or obligation.
Papers submitted under this section will explore all forms and underlying theories of economic development and financial transfers from richer to poorer nations, and how these affect health outcomes, health systems, progress towards the SDGs and targets and impacts on social/structural determinants of health.