Policy & Systems



Controversy over transparency: why non-profits need to disclose their “real” overhead ratio

“The fact is an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in our humanitarian services and programs.”[1] This is Read More


Refugee resettlement in Philadelphia, USA: Challenges and opportunities

Michelle Munyikwa is a MD/PhD (anthropology) candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on the experiences of refugees resettling in Philadelphia, PA. In Read More


The State and global health delivery

It was a rainy afternoon. I arrived at the district social affairs office for their monthly evaluation meeting just in time for Baried, the state Read More


Out-of-School Youth: Often Forgotten in Reproductive Health Programs

The Family Planning Youth Ambassador Program in Burkina Faso focuses on raising awareness about family planning and reproductive health services among our country’s youth. We’ve engaged a lot of young people on the topic, but, as this testimonial from a young woman named Chantal shows, we were unintentionally leaving out many young people, namely married adolescents and out-of-school youth. “We’ve been speaking more and more about the sexual lives of adolescents. A lot of societal institutions tackle the subject of unwanted pregnancy and illegal abortions with young people. But it is the students who always come to school who mostly benefit from this advice.

Investing in Human Resources via Education Is Essential to Improving Access to Surgical and Anesthetic Care Across the Globe


The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery published a report on the state of global surgery in April 2015 reporting the staggering statistic that “5 billion Read More

Bioethics in China: not wild, but not tame either

Here is a way to turn yourself into a hostage of fortune, in bioethics and elsewhere. It is to vigorously defend something against allegedly unfair accusations, while acknowledging you may not know all the relevant information about what you are defending. That position can, should inconvenient truths come to light, transform you into an advocate of the dubious.Case in point: back in July of this year, Douglas Sipp and Duanqing Pei wrote a comment in Nature entitled Bioethics in China: No Wild East. In it, they defended Chinese research practices (particularly in regard to genomics research involving human embryos) against accusations of being morally cavalier, loosely regulated, and prey to corruption. According to the commentary, Chinese research has been given bad press about its practices that do not match up with regulatory and laboratory reality

Community health worker in hard-to-reach rural areas of Myanmar: filling primary health care…

Myanmar is classified as critical shortage of health workforce.

Global Financing Facility Helping Ensure Healthy Mothers, Proper Newborn, Infant Nutrition

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Ministers of Finance champion investment in Early Years — through the Global Finance Facility Shawn K. Baker, director of nutrition at the Gates Foundation; Mariam Claeson, director of the Global Financing Facility; and Julie McLaughlin, adviser to the vice president for human development at the World Bank Group,…More

A Medical Provider’s Perspective on Treating Undocumented U.S. Immigrants

Undocumented immigrants lining up for a health care at a volunteer mobile free clinic on a farm in south Georgia, 2015.

As I was writing this article I received a message from a medical friend in the Midwest regarding one of her patients: “Liz, I need Read More

Under a Shade Tree in Mali, Women with Fistula Recover Together

Mariam caught my attention early on.She was quiet unless spoken to, her demeanor proud—almost stoic. She had a slow, shy smile that occasionally broke through when someone tried to make her laugh. She had attended our previous fistula repair campaign, accompanied by her mother, and had experienced a few episodes of severe agitation.This time Mariam was alone, because the rest of her family needed to work in the fields.The social and psychological consequences of obstetric fistula are many. The team of health workers here at the Koulikoro referral health center in Mali last month firmly believes Mariam has an undiagnosed mental health disorder, which is exacerbated by the additional stress that comes with obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that can occur during obstructed or prolonged labor.

WASH Works, So What Are We Waiting For?

You arrive at the health post in Southern Province, Zambia. It’s the closest facility of any kind for 100 kilometers (or four hours by car on the rough and rutted terrain). Your bum hurts from all the bumping.Stepping out of your vehicle you see large rocks, nothing green. It’s the dry season, after all, and this year’s been especially bad as the rains started much later than usual.You find out the wells have dried up, too. That’s what the health workers—one nurse and two community health assistants—tell you

World Bank Blog Post Discusses Key Findings From, Implications Of IHME’s Global Burden Of…

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: What we learned about the Global Burden of Disease? Patricio V. Marquex, lead health specialist in the Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice at the World Bank, and Melanie Walker, senior adviser to the president and director of the World Bank Group’s Delivery Unit, discuss findings from the Institute of…More

Aligning blended finance to Busan principles

This paper examines existing development effectiveness principles using the principles established in the 2011 Busan Partnership Agreement (country ownership; transparency and accountability; a focus on results; and inclusive partnerships). We’ve analysed these principles against what is known about policies, strategies and principles for blended finance. Key learnings All development effectiveness principles are conceptually reflected to some degree in blended finance approaches. However, three key barriers to delivering on the principles may exist: Lack of agreement between all stakeholders (or appropriate dialogue platforms for reaching agreement) on the role of blended finance in delivering sustainable development objectives and therefore on what ‘effectiveness’ means. Recognition that the principles are important, but lack of consensus between stakeholders on how they should be operationalised in blended finance

Powerful panel weighs progress on financial inclusion

Event Replay Government leaders and advocates came together during the Annual Meetings to discuss a major development goal – ensuring everyone has access to affordable financial services such as a bank or mobile money account. While a lot of progress has been made on “financial inclusion,” new rules affecting the flow of funds threatens to slow or even reverse some gains.Financial Inclusion not Exclusion: Managing De-Risking brought together Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia’s Minister of Finance. Arun Jaitley, India’s Minister of Finance, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano, the president of the Financial Action Tax Force (FATF), which sets international standards for  combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats. Some 700 million people were brought into the formal financial system between 2011 and 2014 – a major success – but 2 billion people remain cut off, said Queen Máxima, who is the United Nations Secretary-General’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development.

Promoting healthier diets in rural and remote communities: rethinking science and policy

While urbanisation levels are increasing worldwide, 46% of people still live in rural settings according to World Bank data from 2015. Catherine L. Mah MD PhD discusses the unique issue  faced by these rural communities in the 21st century with regards to access to a high-quality and varied diet despite geographical difficulties, and challenges the traditional self-sufficient rural stereotype by analysing the socially and economically heterogenous group that rural populations often can be.  At the port of North Sydney last October, waiting in my car for the midnight sailing of the Marine Atlantic ferry to Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost province in Canada, I observed two readily distinguishable features about the local and global food system. First, people go hunting here. Pickup trucks are kitted out with blue tarps and chest freezers, ready to haul moose carcasses.

Should we focus more on Women’s Political Empowerment when Democracy goes off the Rails? Tom…

; My inbox has been buzzing with praise for a new paper on this issue by the Carnegie Endowment’s democracy guru, Thomas Carothers. Since he’s one of my favourite FP2P guest posters (no editing ever required), I asked him to summarize its findings. Last year the gender, women, and democracy team at the National Democratic Institute approached me with a question. NDI, like many groups …

U.N. Launches New Platform To Scale Up Innovative Financing To Achieve SDGs

U.N. News Centre: Ban announces launch of new partnership platform to support financing for Sustainable Development Goals “Announcing the launch [Monday] of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the initiative can help in identifying…More

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