Datasets for Lancet study on donor financing in global health

On July 13, 2015, a new study on donor financing in global health was published in The Lancet by authors from the Commission on Investing in Health, SEEK Development (Berlin, Germany), the University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, CA), and the Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden).

This study classifies donor funding for health into aid for global functions (provision of global public goods, management of cross-border externalities, and fostering of leadership and stewardship) versus country-specific aid. The authors use a new measure of donor funding, termed health ODA plus (ODA+), that combines official development assistance for health with additional donor spending on research and development (R&D) for diseases of poverty.

The authors have made the datasets from their analysis available for download: Lancet donor financing data (Excel)

The authors hope that other researchers will also be encouraged to make their data publicly available, in an effort to encourage transparency and replicability across the field.

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