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Eelco Jacobs

Health Systems Strengthening
Senior Advisor

Eelco Jacobs, MSc, PhD, is a health systems governance, policy-making and financing specialist with over 15 years of experience in international development. He’s worked in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and mixed methods research, capacity development, programme development and management.

As a senior advisor in the Health Systems Strengthening team he chairs KIT’s Centre for Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings, and is a regular lecturer and tutor in KIT’s courses ‘Analysing Disrupted Health Systems’, ‘Strengthening Disrupted Health Systems’, and the Masters in Public Health programme, coordinating the course on health policy and financing

Eelco holds a PhD on the political economy of health systems governance and financing from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and an MSc in Political Economy and Sociology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, UK.


  • Cash and Voucher Assistance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Humanitarian Settings and Fragile States

    • Institute
    • Project

    Cash and voucher assistance (CVA) refers to programs where cash or vouchers, exchangeable for goods or services, are directly provided to community members. CVA can help improve access to and the utilisation of health services, by reducing direct and indirect financial barriers and incentivising the use of free preventive services. There is also a growing […]

  • Health Pooled Fund

    • Institute
    • Project

    South Sudan has experienced significant levels of fragility, conflict and violence for nearly half a century. It is estimated that over 400,000 lives have been lost since 2013 due to conflict and millions more have been displaced. With limited access to basic health services, it has some of the worst health indicators in the world, […]

  • IDEAL – Inclusive Decisions at Local Level

    • Institute
    • Project

    In fragile states, there is often a significant gap between what the state can deliver and what the citizens need or expect. The participation of citizens contributes to inclusive decision-making. It improves local governance and the delivery of basic services, makes local governance more sustainable and increases welfare and stability. The Inclusive Decisions At Local […]


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