African Health Economics and Policy Research Capacity Building and Dissemination

As African countries move toward universal health coverage, it is clear there is a shortage of African experts with applied research skills in health financing such as fiscal space analysis, needs-based resource allocation methods, and benefit incidence analysis of the equity impact of health funding.

This project aims to build African expertise in these areas and better inform policies and practices for universal health coverage. . This will reduce dependency on external experts and provide solutions that are most relevant and responsive to the issues faced by African countries.

Firstly, the project will upgrade the health finance skills of approximately 75 African experts through a series of training sessions by the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA), in collaboration with French and English institutions.

The project will also develop an interactive website and establish a community of practice for health economics and policy. This will improve access to the literature (including grey literature) and research findings related to universal health coverage.

In addition, to encourage dissemination of research on African health financing, AfHEA will organize or contribute to at least three events for knowledge sharing, and policy dialogue and influence, in Africa.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Monday, July 9, 2012

End Date

Monday, November 9, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Ingabire, Marie-Gloriose

Total funding

CA$ 452,500


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Ghana


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Sory, Elias

Project Leader

Chris Atim


African Health Economics and Policy Association

Institution Country


Institution Website