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This BBL features the story of the Impact Evaluation of the Ghana Community-based Performance Based Financing Pilot, one experiment supported by the Health Results Based Financing Trust Fund. The presentation will share results from the Baseline Survey, and discuss why and how the Operational Research component of an IE can generate formative information that goes beyond the pilot. It will also draw lessons on why it is important to hedge against exchange rate risks of Trust Fund that support IEs and offer some ideas on how to do this. This is the story of a gradual shift away from the “gold standard” evaluation method and adapting to operational and financial realities without losing quest for evidence. 

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Damien de Walque, Senior Economist Development Economics Research Group


Edit Velenyi, Senior Economist, GHN01


Francisca Ayo Akala, Senior Health Specialist, GHN19

Dr. F. Ayo Akala is a Senior Health Specialist in the HNP Global Practice of the World Bank. Over the past seventeen years in the Bank, she has been leading teams on various health and human development initiatives supporting governments, private sector and NGOs in several countries in the MENA, Africa and South Asia regions. She is currently the TTL of a multi-sectoral stunting project in Pakistan; co-TTL of an innovative program of integrated risk management strategy to build fiscal, structural and human resilience in the Maldives; and co-TTL of the Ghana Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Improvement Project that incorporates an impact evaluation of a community-based performance based financing pilot. Dr. Akala graduated with a degree in Medicine from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, holds a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Masters degree in Health Services Management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. Prior to joining the World Bank, she practiced clinical medicine, worked on national public health initiatives and worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres to support strengthening community systems to address health emergencies in Nigeria.