- Julia Ngozi Chukwuma
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- The Political Economy of Social Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria
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This PhD study seeks to generate novel insights into how social policy, here in the context of health, has taken form in Nigeria, with broader lessons for developing countries. At the global level, the healthcare sector has been an area of social policy which has received much attention. National Governments in sub-Saharan Africa as well as international organisations and donors have been promoting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as an important social policy goal. Nigeria offers an interesting case study as it is in the midst of translating its 2014 National Health Act into practice and has opted for the introduction of a new, predominantly publicly-funded health financing mechanism. The Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) is expected to facilitate access to healthcare services at community-level and to ease the financial burden on people living in the rural areas of the country. In view of conducting a political economy analysis of social policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, this research scrutinises the role that different agents, stakeholders and interest groups play in influencing and shaping the set-up of the Nigerian healthcare system and aims to allow for a deeper understanding of the various interests that bear on specific forms of policy-making and implementation.
- 9th Annual Conference in Political Economy: The State of Capitalism and the State of Political Economy, International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), Pula, September 2018