Open Governance


Does Governance Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

I first heard about Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2010. At the time, I was working with a group of economists who had just returned Read More

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

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


Washington Post Examines WHO Director General Elections

Washington Post: The World Health Organization is electing a new leader. Here’s what you need to know. “…WHO Director-General Margaret Chan will complete her term, and the World Health Assembly will vote on her successor in May 2017. What’s different about this election is increased transparency.

Partnerships in global health and collaborative governance: lessons learnt from the Division of…

In 2007 the “Crisp Report” on international partnerships increased interest in Northern countries on the way their links with Southern partners operated.

Special Issue: Ebola: Implications For Global Health Governance


The Ebola Crisis and Health Systems Development

By Alexandra Kaasch The Ebola outbreak has led numerous global policy actors to call for strengthening health systems. This article discusses these developments employing a global social policy approach. The […]

Journal’s Special Issue Examines Ebola Outbreak, Implications For Global Health Governance

Global Health Governance: Special Issue: Ebola: Implications For Global Health Governance An introduction states, “In this special issue, we bring together academics and experts to think critically about what the Ebola outbreak and the response to it tell us about global health governance and its future. The authors take on a variety of different elements,…More

RFA Series: Evaluating Evidence from a USAID Governance Project in Ghana

Local politicians and bureaucrats in low- and middle-income countries play a crucial role in the distribution of aid dollars, acting as gatekeepers in determining which constituents receive aid, and to what degree that assistance is effective. In Ghana for example, district governments spend about 80 percent of their budgets on development projects, including schools, health clinics, etc.

Striking a Balance: How Donors Can More Effectively Promote Sustainable Reform

Last week, an ISIS-supported suicide bomber killed eight people when his car exploded outside of the presidential palace in Aden, Yemen. This is just one of countless attacks that have been carried out by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Yemen since the 2011 launch of the Yemeni revolution.

You say you want a Revolution? The Beatles on How Change Happens

Blog break over – did you miss me? Thought not. After a month in writing purdah, I sent off the How Change Happens manuscript to OUP last week, so it is now their problem (for a couple of months at least). So let’s get restarted with a spot of whimsy. One of the ideas that never made it into the final draft of the book was a …

What happened to all the money pledged to fight Ebola?

With the Ebola outbreak fading in the rearview mirror, serious questions are emerging over what has happened to all of the money pledged to support the three affected countries. Some $1.9 billion in promised funds have not been disbursed. And it is nearly impossible to track the $3.9 billion that did make it to Sierra

International Donations To West Africa For Ebola Response Difficult To Track, $1.9B Not…

Associated Press: Oxfam: $1.9B in Ebola aid not delivered by donors “International donors have failed to deliver $1.9 billion in promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people and decimated already weak health care systems, the U.K.-based charity Oxfam said Sunday. The remaining $3.9 billion…More

New roles for global health: diplomatic, security, and foreign policy responsiveness

Global health initiatives such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have, at present, no explicit or formal internal capacity to respond to the overarching diplomatic or foreign policy concerns of either their donors or the broader global community.1 To the utilitarian, this respect for professional boundaries is to be welcomed. To the cosmopolitan, the increasingly connected nature of both the causes of, and solutions to, poverty, disease, ill health, and health security—in the context of associated considerations of world peace, non-health security, conflict prevention, and international stability—implies that all entities, individuals, and policies are interconnected, and cannot operate in isolation of each other.

It’s Not Just for States Anymore: Legal Accountability for International Organizations under…

By Mara Pillinger Ensuring legal accountability for the right to health is among the core goals of a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH). Current FCGH proposals promote legal accountability […]

A Political Economy of International Health: Understanding Obstacles to Multilateral Action on…

By Sebastian Taylor A key issue for the proposed Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) is how to engage with the existing architecture of health governance.1 Central within this architecture […]

What a Wonderful World it Would Be: The Promise and Peril of Relying on International Law as a…

  Debra L. DeLaet This article delineates the limitations of international human rights law—including ambivalent language, loopholes, ill-defined state obligations, and a lack of concrete enforcement mechanisms—that have limited the […]

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