ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Reallocating Public Spending for Basic Social Services in Developing Countries

Services in Developing Countries Santosh Mehrotra Jan Vandemoortele Enrique Delamonica Not all social sector expenditures play as important a role in supporting economic growth and reducing poverty as basic social services preventive and basic curative health services, water and sanitation, family planning, and basic education. They are not only more efficient in terms of providing 'human capital' but they are also more equitable. Nevertheless, there is little information about what developing country governments spend on these basic services. This paper presents data from six case studies EI Salvador, Guinea, Nepal, Niger, Philippines and Tanzania estimating the level of public spending on basic social services with special emphasis on the need for future work on assessing the possibilities for increasing these expenditures. The relevance to issues in the health and education sector in India is notable.

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