Economic specialisms, value for money

Valsa has strong development economics sector specific expertise in:

  • Health economics (reproductive maternal and child health, malaria, tropical diseases, HIV, nutrition)
  • Environmental economics (climate change in particular, water, conservation agriculture)
  • Economics of education
  • Macroeconomic growth and livelihoods
  • Industrial economics – UK competition policy, UK  telecoms regulation market mechanisms and incentives based instrument design
  • cost benefit analysis, social return on investment, cost effectiveness analysis, design and options appraisals.

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Value for Money… 

Valsa is one the world’s thought leaders in VFM analysis within the development field, her focus is bringing out the value element of programmes during M&E by bringing in the cost dimension to evaluations and programme design choices.

Recent and current consultancies  include:


  • SIDA and ICRC value for money guidance note  (2013)
  • DFID Infrastructure professional cadre – VFM guidance note for infrastructure programmes – (Co-author 2012)Measure Maximize VfM in Infrastructure ASI
  • DFID Southern Africa – Africa climate change programmes VFM metrics – focusing on energy sector programmes including renewables infrastructure, mitigation for on and off grid solutions and adaptation (2011)
  • Contribution to DFID cash transfers VFM guidance paper
  • DFID Afghanistan: VFM metrics for education, livelihoods and governance programmes for their internal strategy on VFM.


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