Contracting and performance incentives

National contracting policies

A number of countries have drawn up documents on "national contracting policy". A contractual policy makes it possible to manage and harmonize contractual practices. It also makes it possible to avert the lack of coordination that results from the juxtaposition of ad hoc contractual arrangements. The purpose of a contractual policy is to define relations between actors; it defines the place of the contract in relations between actors operating in the field, it lays down the principles and objectives of contractual relations, it defines priorities and those actions covered by the contract, it may propose preferential types of contract and it defines a number of game rules.

So far, few countries have drawn up specific documents on contracting policy. More countries include a reference to contracting in their national health policy document.

Specific documents on contracting policy are proposed below; they are available either for downloading (if the title is underlined), for consultation at their Internet address, or for use as references

  • Chad: Contractual policy in the health sector in Chad
  • Senegal: Contractual policy in the health sector in Senegal

The document on contractual policy was published in April 2005. Requests should be sent to the Ministry of Health in Senegal.

  • Madagascar: National contracting policy in the health sector in Madagascar

The policy document on contracting has now been finalized. It has not yet received political approval.

  • Burkina Faso

The process of developing national policy on contracting is now under way and the country should have a document available by the end of 2005.