This review concludes that RBA/RBF schemes have a role to play but are
no panacea. However, measurement is not always possible. It recommends
that DFID should adopt a positive but cautious stance. Schemes need to
be tailored to local circumstances.
They should be well prepared, well designed, piloted and carefully
monitored and then modified as and when any unexpected effects become
apparent. RBF appears to work better for simple interventions which are
provider-led and where latent capacity exists. Complementary actions
will usually be required.
Pearson, M.; Johnson, M.; Ellison, R. Assignment Report: Review of major Results Based Aid (RBA) and Results Based Financing (RBF) schemes. HDRC, UK (2010) 98 pp.