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13 January - 24 February 2010


I had expected that an online course will be a passive learning experience, instead, it was interesting, inspiring, with vibrant communication with other participants, the trainers provided feedback, it was not passive at all! I really wish I had been able to keep up for the entire time. (...) I am amazed at how incredibly well the course used the advantages of technology.

                   Jason, N.C

"I am about to write on the relevance and recommendations of a women's health and economic empowerment initiative, and what I have learnt here will enable me do it brilliantly!"
        Latifah, South Asia











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13 Jan-24 Feb, 2010

Technical Requirement

System requirement

Point of Departure: The PRSP’s

Launch PRSP

Since the launch of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) process (International Monetary Fund 1999 and World Bank 2000), many countries have taken on the challenge of centering their development agenda around poverty reduction and have engaged in consultative and analytical work to support policy development.  One of the main features of the PRSP process is an emphasis on country leadership and ownership. This means that there is no set template or framework for countries to follow.  Moreover, there is no guarantee that health would even be addressed in each PRSP as the decision on which sectors to include is entirely up to the authors (typically the government).  The course is intended to fill a need for training on what some of the options are for writing the health component of the PRSP’s. It will cover:

  • Typical problems faced by the poor and the diagnostic tools that can be used to identify and analyze them
  • Pro-poor health sector policies with examples from existing PRSPs
  • Pro-poor actions and policies outside the health sector

Course Materials

The content of the course was developed by a team of health sector  professionals and health economists of the World Bank.


The course is held in English.

Format and Duration of the Course

This course runs entirely through the Internet. The format of the course relies heavily on 'action learning', which means that participants will be required to take an active part in all online activities, which will mainly consist of reading the course content, posting assignments and reacting to other participant's postings. The course will require 8 to 10 hours per week on average for a total of 6 weeks..

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