The Global Development Network Working Paper Series disseminates GDN-funded research by combining the best research produced by GDN researchers and contributions from leading scholars.

Impact of Performance Based Financing in Rwanda: Health Facility Level Analysis
Author : Paulin Basinga, Paul J. Gertler, Agnes Binagwaho, Agnes L.B. Soucat, Jennifer R. Sturdy and Christel M.J. Vermeersch
Date : November 2009
Description : This study assesses the impact of the Performance-Based Financing intervention in maternal and child health services in Rwanda.
Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health MDGs: An Empirical Evaluation Using Propensity Score Matching
Author : Joseph Mensah, Joseph R. Oppong and Christoph M. Schmidt
Date : November 2009
Description : This study evaluates the National Health Insurance Scheme to determine whether it is fulfilling its purpose in the context of MDGs (#4 and #5) which deal with the health of women and children in Ghana.
Economic Growth, Employment Generation and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria
Author : Ade S. Olomola, S.O. Akande, A.O. Ogunwale, O.O. Ogundele
Date : October 2009
Description : The study is a macro level analysis of how economic growth could contribute to poverty reduction through increases in employment in higher productivity sectors/occupations and a rise in wages in Nigeria.
Micro-Financing as a Means of Reducing Extreme Poverty: The Case of Senegal and The Gambia
Author : Aloysius Ajab Amin and Tharcisse Ntilivamunda
Date : October 2009
Description : The study uses descriptive statistical analysis in investigating the main micro-finance factors influencing poverty in Gambia and Senegal.
Assessing the Role of Urban Agriculture in Addressing Poverty in South Africa
Author : Phillippe Burger, J.P. Geldenhuys, Jan Cloete, Lochner Marais and Alexander Thornton
Date : October 2009
Description : The overall aim of this report is to profile urban agriculture and to investigate what role it plays in addressing poverty in South Africa.
An Analysis of Poverty and Regional Inequalities in Ghana
Author : Ernest Aryeetey, George Owusu and Emmanuel Joseph Mensah
Date : October 2009
Description : This paper examines spatial or regional development inequalities in Ghana.
Education, Training and Youth Unemployment in Kenya
Author : Joy Kiiru, Eldah Onsomu and Fredrick Wamalwa
Date : October 2009
Description : The main objective of this study is to empirically analyze the factors explaining why some youths would be openly unemployed or underemployed while others are able to secure full employment in Kenya.
The Potential of Provider-Initiated Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing at Health Care Settings in Thailand
Author : Yot Teerawattananon, Yuwadee Leelukhanaveera, Piya Hanvoravongchai, Montarat Thavorncharoensap, Lily Ingsrisawang, Sripen Tantivess, Usa Chaikledkaew, Narin Hiransuthikul and Chewanan Leartpiriyasuwat
Date : October 2009
Description : The study assesses the effectiveness of provider-initiated voluntary HIV counseling and testing at health care settings in Thailand.
An Evaluation of a Safe Motherhood Hospital Program
Author : Worawan Chandoevwit and Kriengsak Vacharanukulkieti
Date : October 2009
Description : This research evaluates whether the Safe Motherhood Hospital program has had an impact on maternal mortality and the cost of child delivery in Thailand.
Impact Evaluation of the Ethiopian Health Services Extension Program
Author : Assefa Admassie, Degnet Abeb and Andinet D. Woldemichael
Date : October 2009
Description : This study applies propensity score matching and regression adjustment techniques to evaluate the short- and intermediate-term impacts of the program on child and maternal health indicators in the program villages in Ethiopia.
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