The FRONTIERS project worked with three Bolivian NGOs (Prosalud, the Center for Research, Education and Services or CIES, and the Association of Rural Health Programs or APSAR) to improve their ability to conduct research on market analysis and cost recovery. Following a one-week workshop on conducting cost studies, staff from the three NGOs designed operations research studies to help with decisions on planning and cost recovery. Study findings showed that cost recovery varied from high (Prosalud, 83-109%) to low (CIES, 38-46%) and very low (APSAR, 10-25%), depending on the service. All three studies focused on alternative options to client fees, including developing new services or market approaches (Prosalud), controlling costs (CIES), and continued donor support (APSAR).
Merida, Martha, Javier Arce, Douglas Moscoso, Carlo Ramirez, Patricia Riveros, and John H. Bratt. 2006. "Operations research to improve financial sustainability in three Bolivian NGOs," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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