Policy & Systems



Aid spending on conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security

Key facts Funding to conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security (CPS) remains a small proportion of overall official development assistance (ODA). ODA CPS has increased by 67% since 2005, reaching a peak of US$3.9 billion in 2009. The largest CPS ODA donor in 2014 was European Union (EU) institutions. Afghanistan received the most CPS ODA by country in 2014. The majority of CPS ODA goes to peacebuilding activities.


Lifting the Patent Barrier to New Drugs and Energy Sources – The New York Times

Strict patents on technology have had the effect of hindering global progress in some fields, especially in combating disease and climate change. Source: Lifting the Read More


Mobile Phones As Surveillance Tools: Implementing and Evaluating a Large-Scale Intersectoral…

by Zacharia Mtema, Joel Changalucha, Sarah Cleaveland, Martin Elias, Heather M. Ferguson, Jo E. B. Halliday, Daniel T. Haydon, Gurdeep Jaswant, Rudovick Kazwala, Gerry F


Why We All Need to Ask: Who’s Doing It Better?

This post originally appeared on Devex.Editor’s note: Catherine Cheney presented on solutions journalism at the SwitchPoint 2016 conference in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. This article is adapted from her speech about her personal experience as a journalist and should not be taken as official Devex policy.On Wednesday, United Nations director general Michael Møller will meet with journalists in London to urge them to offer “constructive alternatives in the current stream of news” and uncover “solutions that inspire us to action.” The U.N. is joining forces with Constructive Voices, a project from the U.K.-based National Council for Voluntary Organizations, to urge the media to help combat public apathy toward world events.Across the development community, there is a growing push for solutions-oriented storytelling. I focused on this last week at SwitchPoint 2016, a conference meant to highlight “great ideas, tools, and people making a real difference in the world” organized by IntraHealth International in Saxapahaw, North Carolina.I talked with professionals in humanitarian response, international development, and global health about the benefits for society if the media covered the responses to problems as rigorously as they do the problems themselves.Speaking at the event, I asked the audience to consider a question I often ask myself as I’m reporting: “Who’s doing it better?”The majority of people who read solutions-oriented reporting say the stories change the way they think about topics and make them feel more inspired and optimistic. “Because the problems scream, but the solutions whisper, we often overlook them,” I said, quoting David Bornstein, cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network.Outside of my role as the West Coast correspondent for Devex, I work with this nonprofit organization, which aims to legitimize and spread the practice of reporting on responses to social problems, in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.Most journalists ask the questions “Who, What, When, Where, and Why.” Solutions journalists focus on an additional question: “How?” The best examples of reporting on what is working should read like detective stories.

USAID, Liberia Work To Incorporate Country-Owned Development Approaches Into Nation’s Health…

Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy”: Country Ownership at USAID: Enabling and Empowering Liberia’s Ministry of Health Casey Dunning, senior policy analyst, and Claire McGillem, research assistant, both at CGD, discuss the experience of a partnership between USAID and Liberia that used a Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement (FARA), a financing mechanism that enables…More

Physicians’ experiences and views on the role of obstetric ultrasound in rural and urban…

Objective To explore Rwandan physicians’ experiences and views on the role of obstetric ultrasound in clinical management of pregnancy.

Health workers face tuberculosis risks up to three times those of general population, while…

Categories: TBThe devastation of the last two years of the Ebola crisis in West Africa was made all the more daunting by a predictable aspect of its toll. The health workers who represented the best hope of controlling the outbreak were also at the greatest risk of illness and death. By the dwindling days of the […](Read more…)

Proportion Of Income Spent On Health Care Will Continue To Increase For People Living In…

SciDev.Net: World’s poorest face large ongoing health bills “By 2040, people in developing countries will continue to spend a greater proportion of their own money on health care than those in the developed world as national health spending is failing to keep up with demand, a Lancet study warns…” (Shankar, 4/28).

Mobilizing Global Health Resources Will Require Strong Public Finance Systems, Additional…

Huffington Post: Mobilizing Resources to Finance Global Health Priorities Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID “On April 14 and 15 I had the pleasure to co-host, together with the World Bank, the first annual forum on Resource Mobilization for Universal Health Coverage. … Significant progress in…More

Global Immunization: 50 Years of Work, Humanity, and Success

This blog was originally posted on MyAJC.com on April 26, 2016. With her head tilted back, the picture depicts a young Nigerian girl, as she was holding her mouth wide open in order to receive her dose of orally-administered polio vaccine. This activity was taking place during Nigeria’s National – Stop Transmission of Polio Program (N-STOP), which is a refined and specialized offspring of two larger programs that train disease detectives: the (international) STOP program, and the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program. N-STOP is a key element in Nigeria’s effort to rid the country of this crippling disease. Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health Government is a creature of numbers and statistics, a generator of such vast quantities of data and reports that it’s hard to appreciate sometimes the full human dimension of what it takes to protect everyone from vaccine-preventable diseases.

News in the Humanosphere: South Sudan rebel leader sworn in as vice president

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Tuesday, hours after he returned to the capital of Juba for the first time since conflict erupted more than two years ago. Machar took up the post under the terms of a peace agreement reached eight months ago, implementation of which

Policy coherence, health and the sustainable development goals: a health impact assessment of…

10.1080/09581596.2016.1178379<br/>Arne Ruckert

Prices For Common Medical Services Vary Substantially Among The Commercially Insured [Web…

Using a national multipayer commercial claims database containing allowed amounts, we examined variations in the prices for 242 common medical services in forty-one states and the District of Columbia.

Dambe Health Center is Open!

Photo by Lila Kerr / Partners In HealthPartners In Health staff move equipment into Dambe Health Center in Neno, Malawi. The new clinic will provide health care to nearly 30,000 people. Dr. Emily Wroe of Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo—as Partners In Health is known in Malawi—wrote this week with a fantastic update. Wroe is director of clinical services at APZU.

Please RSVP Now: USAID Digital Development Forum Central America

June 23-24 – San Salvador – RSVP Now Over the past decade, mobile Internet access has rapidly expanded across Central America to cover nearly 90% of the population. This incredible reach has the potential to drive economic growth and radically transform development – the Inter-American Development Bank calculates a 10% increase in Internet use in Latin America produces a 2.6% increase in productivity. Development actors are already using digital technology to tackle some of the region’s most difficult challenges. For example: Throughout Central America, DAI’s “Coffee Cloud” app helps farmers and agricultural decision makers adapt to climate change by offering daily and seasonal forecasting for coffee crops and reports outbreaks of diseases such as coffee rust. In Honduras, youth are using GPS devices to map public buses in Tegucigalpa, creating the first public bus maps to improve transportations routes and reduce crime.

A Successful Strategy to Reduce Loss to Follow-Up in HIV Outpatient Care: Experiences of a…

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New Evidence on What Works in Effective Public Reporting

Objective To describe the current state of the public reporting field and provide guidance to public report producers based on the evidence.

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