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Learning Collaborative on Population Targeting

About the Learning Collaborative

Over the past decade, many low- and middle-income countries have made expanding health coverage a national priority. The push toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has catalyzed this effort, yet progress to date has been uneven and often excludes poor, vulnerable, and otherwise marginalized individuals. This is partly due to challenges in effectively identifying and reaching these groups, especially in countries characterized by large, heterogeneous populations with a high proportion of informal sector workers.

Targeting mechanisms represent powerful ways to maximize the impact of social programs by directing limited resources to those who stand to benefit most. Robust targeting is an important component of UHC schemes that effectively reach poor populations. Many JLN countries have experimented with various targeting mechanisms in the health sector and in social protection more broadly, but the design, implementation, and maintenance of these programs present significant challenges, and often requires health officials to work with colleagues from other sectors.

The Learning Collaborative on Population Targeting (LCPT) focuses on actionable components of effective targeting systems, with the intention to identify potential co-produced outputs and support for in-country implementation of one or more interventions. Facilitated by Aceso Global (www.acesoglobal.org), the LCPT establishes a platform for JLN members from 12 countries to learn through peer exchange, and support each other to improve the design, implementation and maintenance of effective targeting systems for health. Specifically, participants have identified three thematic areas as being of greatest priority, which form the basis for LCPT learning activities ongoing through 2021:

  1. Integration of separate population targeting systems in government agencies,
    harmonization of mechanisms and improvement of inter-agency collaboration;
  2. Integration of different datasets at the population level to improve coverage, analysis
    and use in government agencies; and
  3. Recertification procedures to ensure that population targeting systems remain up to

For more resources regarding population targeting and specifically the Learning Collaborative’s
focus themes, as well as more information regarding our activities, please visit our e-Library.

Technical Facilitators

Gerard La Forgia
Chief Technical Officer, Aceso Global

Jonty Roland
Independent Health Systems Consultant Associate Director, Aceso Global

Jake Mendales
Health Economist, Aceso Global

Esteban Bermudez
Analyst, Aceso Global

Participating Countries

  • Bangladesh
  • Ghana
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • South Korea
  • Sudan