Call for Proposals for Health Policy Analysis for Health Taxes
The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research is leading the development of a series of analytical country case studies to better understand the political economy factors that contribute to advancing the implementation of health taxes.
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This programme, carried out in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Working Group and the WHO Working Group on Health Taxes and focuses its attention on examining how political economy factors have influenced the design, adoption and implementation of health taxes.
This call for proposals is for up to eight country case studies examining how political economy factors influence the design, adoption and implementation of health taxes at national or sub-national levels. Informed by qualitative data from key country stakeholders, research teams will develop analytical case studies based on a common conceptual framework.
The overall purpose of this research programme is to:
Generate knowledge (as well as advocate for greater attention for) health policy analysis for furthering health taxes.
Support and build national capacity for health policy analysis for health taxes to apply and use these frameworks, tools and approaches to advance health policy analysis for health taxes.
Develop analytically generalizable, cross-national learnings based on this knowledge to inform civil society advocacy as well as improve government policy-making, as well as researchers and donors, and present these learnings in outputs suitable for these audiences.
Share these learnings broadly, to better inform country-led processes to use health policy analysis in the understanding and strengthening of how health taxes are designed and implemented.
Country teams are expected to use a mixed-method approach, combining semi-structured interviews, literature reviews and situational analysis to analyze how a health tax is being advanced and implemented. These studies will consider how political economy factors influenced the design, adoption and implementation of health taxes, and how analysis can be used to further health taxes in country contexts?
A maximum of eight studies will be funded in as many countries. Individual research projects will be funded for up to a maximum of US$ 55 000. The research projects are expected to run for a maximum of 12 months after the development of the final protocol.
In order to apply, an individual or team must meet the following criteria:
The Principal Investigator must be a researcher based in a research institution in one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Ukraine or Viet Nam.
Teams should be gender-balanced with women comprising at least 50% of the research team.
The experience of researchers as reflected in the proposal as well as the CV of the PI should reflect experience both in health policy analysis and examining the role of political economy considerations in health promotion activities.
Teams must, in their proposals, be able to demonstrate their plans for access to data sources relevant to answering their research questions.
Individuals from countries not listed above are not eligible to apply as Principal Investigators. However, organizations based in the countries above can collaborate with individuals and organizations based in high-income countries to submit a proposal based on the condition that not more than 15% of the total grant value can go to individuals or organizations based in high-income countries.
For more information, visit https://ahpsr.who.int/funding-opportunities