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Adam Wagstaff Award
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Adam Wagstaff Award for Outstanding Research on the Economics of Healthcare Financing and Delivery in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Colleagues and friends of Adam Wagstaff proposed establishing an award in his memory, to be funded through ‘Friends of Adam’ crowd funding.  The establishment of this award was approved recently by the iHEA Board, and will be hosted by iHEA and associated with the biennial iHEA congress.  This award reflects Adam’s lifelong commitment to improving healthcare financing and delivery and promoting equity in low- and middle-income countries.  It also contributes to iHEA’s efforts to promote excellence in health economics globally and its commitment to internationalization through greater inclusion of low- and middle-income country researchers.

Initial details of the prize are provided below.  Please contribute generously to funding this important award below.


Donate to the Adam Wagstaff Award Here

*you will receive a receipt for tax purposes upon completing your donation


We would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of the following individuals and groups, as well as several anonymous contributors, towards this Award:

Ronald Akehurst

Elaine Baruwa

Terkel Christiansen

Jorge Coarasa

Daniel Cotlear

Agnes Couffinhal

Damien de Walque

Tim Ensor

Patrick Eozenou

Tim Evans

Deon Filmer

John Giles

Karen Grépin

Mutsa Gumbie

Reem Hafez

Emmanuel Jimenez

Andrew Jones

Eeshani Kandpal

Beth & Mead King Over

Felicia Knaul

Joseph Kutzin

Soonman Kwon

Gabriel Leung

Elisa Liberatori Prati

Jui-fen Rachel Lu

Di McIntyre

David McKenzie

Owen O'Donnell

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

Kjeld Pedersen

Eugenio Prati

Stella Quimbo

Miriam Schneidman

Gil Shapira

Richard Smith

Peter Smith

Sally Stearns

Sandy Tubeuf

UPSE Health Econ Lab

Eddy Van Doorslaer

Tom Van Ourti

Marcos Vera-Hernandez

Michael Woolcock

Winnie Yip


Details of Award 

The prize will be awarded to the best iHEA congress paper on the economics of healthcare financing or delivery in a low- or middle-income country(ies) that is written and presented by a researcher from a low- or middle-income country.


  • The paper must focus on the economics of healthcare financing or delivery in a low- or middle-income country(ies).The research should be policy-relevant in that it should provide insights into how to improve healthcare financing or delivery. Papers with an equity focus are encouraged.
  • The first author of the paper (or corresponding author where authors are listed alphabetically) and presenter at the congress must be a citizen of a low- or middle-income country (using the World Bank country income classification) currently working or studying at a low- or middle-income country institute. A low- or middle-income country student currently studying in a high-income country is also eligible. Co-authors on the paper are not restricted to low- or middle-income country citizens.
  • The main author and presenter at the congress must have completed their highest degree within the last 10 years.
  • A full paper must be available three months before the congress.

Selection process:

Those from a low- or middle-income country with an accepted abstract, on the economics of healthcare financing or delivery in a low- or middle-income country(ies), for the next iHEA congress will be invited to submit a full paper for review by the selection committee three months prior to the congress.  The selection criteria would be comparable to those used for the Arrow Award and the Student Prize, which focus on the importance of the contribution of the paper and appropriateness and innovation in methodology.

The selection committee will consist of 4 to 5 established health economists with expertise in this particular sub-field.  It is proposed that the initial selection committee should include:

  • One or more colleagues of Adam’s from long-term collaborative research projects
  • One of Adam’s colleagues from the World Bank who has expertise in this sub-field
  • A researcher with expertise in this sub-field who is based in or affiliated with a low- or middle-income country institution


The award would include a certificate and a cash prize*, which would be presented during one of the plenary sessions of the congress. The session in which the award-winning paper is presented would be highlighted as a special session and the presentation will be followed by discussant input. In addition, the winner will be invited to present at the World Bank’s Health Finance Forum.

(* the value of the cash prize is dependent on the funding raised, but those proposing the award have suggested a prize of USD1,000)

Funding and governance:

Funds will be raised through ‘Friends of Adam’ crowdfunding and will be ring-fenced for this award, with auditing and iHEA Board oversight of revenue and expenditure as for all iHEA finances.  In addition, there will be biennial reporting to the Award selection committee for additional oversight.

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