World Bank policies and the obligation of its members to respect, protect and fulfil the right to healthWorld Bank policies and the obligation of its members to respect, protect and fulfil the right to health
Faculty of Law
2004Cambridge, Mass., 2004
Health and human rights. - Cambridge, Mass., 1994 - 2006
8(2004):1, p. 26-60
The majority of World Bank donors are States parties to the main international human rights conventions. This article uses the right to health as a lens for examining the obligations of donor States parties with respect to their involvement in the World Banks development activities, which use the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) process as their framework. The article uses the concept of core obligations to examine and assess public expenditure budgeting in the health care sectors of Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda, as provided for in the PRSP process. It argues that the current PRSPs make it impossible to fund public health care at a level that satisfies the requirements of core obligations. It concludes by calling on donor countries to comply with their international human rights obligations.