Topic: Development Aid and Maternal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

Thesis timeframe: Now through 2019
Application deadline: 18 Oct 2017


​The odds that a woman in Sub-Saharan Africa will die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth is one in 20, compared to one in 6,250 in the developed world, resulting both from high fertility and maternal mortality rates. The majority of the countries in this region have experienced armed conflict since the end of the Cold War, and this poor health performance may in part be due to the detrimental effects of armed conflicts. While there is a vast literature studying the effects of development aid (DA) on economic growth, there are far fewer comparative studies addressing how aid affects health outcomes. Hence, a MA thesis on this topic would be very welcome. The analysis could combine existing subnational data on armed conflict (UCDP-GED), development aid (AidData) as well as geo-referenced data on access to maternal health care services from sources such as the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) from many countries ( Such a thesis would be highly relevant for both the projects “Armed Conflict and Maternal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa”, that ends in July 2018 and the “Development Aid, Effectiveness, and Inequalities in Conflict-Affected Societies (DEAFIN)” that ends in December 2019.


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