Social funds have been established
to support allocating resources to the poorest people. Social
funds are bottom-up, demand-driven funds, directed at a wide
range of social and economic concerns, and incorporating some
level of community control. These funds have been used in the
main to finance small public works projects. In health, they
have been applied in areas such as:
- water supplies and sanitation
- HIV/AIDS prevention and management
- health centre development
- waste management
- food hygiene
- school health.
Funds are released in response
to project requests from communities, and some form of matching
community contribution (labour, material, money) is required.