by Helen Tilley
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), October 2014
Expenditure on technical assistance (TA) represents a large proportion of development expenditure in health. There are increasing concerns that this investment and its flow of costs in terms of staff time and opportunity cost is less effective than its potential. The analysis of where TA has worked well explores some examples and analyses why they worked and what are some of the challenges that arose. Reflections are made upon particular features of demand and supply and how demand and supply interact. The final section draws out some lessons that are relevant for the health sector, within the demand and supply framework.