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How do political considerations shape Universal Health Coverage?

How many times have you heard that there is a consensus on universal health coverage (UHC)?  How often have you been told that the global Read More

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The eternal opportunity

The new Secretary of State for International Development has been quick off the mark with positive messages about aid.  And yesterday, she added her name to the role-call of pronouncements about the power of the current generation to eradicate poverty: Thanks to technology, we have opportunities that previous generations did not. We have the power to eradicate poverty. Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development, 30 November 2017 This is, of course, not the first time we have told ourselves this. Here are some previous examples: This is the best story in the world today — these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty … This new forecast of poverty falling into the single digits should give us new momentum and help us focus even more clearly on the most effective strategies to end extreme poverty

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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

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Bringing urban governance back in: Neighborhood conflicts and depression

Publication date: January 2018 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 196 Author(s): Qiang Fu Urban governance and its impact on contentious politics have received remarkably little attention in existing studies on mental health.

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Brian Barder 1934-2017 – A life well lived

Last night we celebrated the life of my father, who died on 19 September. I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss his optimism about humanity and progress. I’m going to miss his mischievous independence and scepticism of authority. I’m going to miss his relentless determination to roll up his sleeves and get things done.

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DFID is 20 years old: has its results agenda gone too far?

DFID just turned 20 and Craig Valters (right) and Brendan Whitty (left) have a new paper charting its changing relationship to results  Focusing on results in international development is crucial. At this level of abstraction, how could one argue otherwise? Yet it matters how development agencies are managed for these results. We know that with proper management systems, aid interventions can be very effective; but if poorly managed, …

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Book Review: The Road to Somewhere, by David Goodhart

There was a moment a few years ago when I was walking through Brixton with my son, Calum. I was tediously droning on about how much I loved the cultural and ethnic kaleidoscope, compared to the plain vanilla places where I grew up. Calum suddenly turned on me – ‘you’re just a tourist; you visit on Saturdays. It’s different growing up here’ and proceeded to …

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Crisis and Change: The Making of a French FDA

Policy Points: Introducing a recent special issue of The Lancet on the health system in France, Horton and Ceschia observe that the dominance of English as the language of science and, increasingly, global health too often closes the door on the history and experiences of others.1 In that spirit, this manuscript presents a detailed case study of public health policy transformation in France in the early 1990s.

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The spatial politics of place and health policy: Exploring Sustainability and Transformation…

Publication date: Available online 11 August 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Jonathan Hammond, Colin Lorne, Anna Coleman, Pauline Allen, Nicholas Mays, Rinita Dam, Thomas Mason, Kath Checkland This paper explores how ‘place’ is conceptualised and mobilised in health policy and considers the implications of this.

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The global war on tobacco is far from over

0000-0002-1767-4576We should be proud of our efforts in Australia, but we can’t become complacent as Big Tobacco continues to sell trillions of cigarettes globally, and other industries adopt their tactics. ONE could easily be mistaken for thinking the war on tobacco is coming to a close. Lighting up a cigarette mid-flight seems absurd to us now, but was common practice just a decade or two ago. We enjoy restaurant meals and afternoon coffees without the stench of toxic smoke and we can share a night out without having to wash our clothes, or endure a husky, sore throat the following morning. Australia now has one of the lowest smoking rates in the world, with 14.7% of adults aged 18 years and over smoking daily, down from 16.1% in 2011-12.

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Can health ignite a political revolution?

Late last month, you could not ignore the chants of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” to the tune of the White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nations Army’ as it echoed around the fields of Glastonbury. Regardless of your political affiliations, having hordes of young, passionate millennials singing the name of a political leader at a music festival is something which few would have predicted earlier that month. Why the change? – Could it be that young people in the UK feel a new sense of hope as they have been given a voice through health? Hope is something which has been on short supply in the UK of late

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Ditching the Masterplan. How can Urban Development become ‘Politically smart, locally led’?

Guest post from Harry Jones and Bishnu Adhikari, both of Palladium on what urban aid and development can learn from the Doing Development Differently movement The international development community has come some way in grappling with complex problems, but urban development has lagged behind. Urban programmes systematically underperform according to their own results frameworks and internal evaluations. The failures are probably already familiar to those …

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Empowerment and Accountability in Messy Places. Need your advice on Nigeria, Pakistan, Myanmar…

My post-book research plans are shaping up, so it’s time to ask for your advice. As well as the work I blogged about recently on Public Authority in fragile/conflict-affected settings, I’m doing some research with Oxfam and Itad on how ‘adaptive management’ plays out in those same settings. Here’s the blurb: ‘There is much hype and attention given to new models of development programming that …

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How will we know if the SDGs are having any impact?

As long time readers of the blog will know, I’ve been a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) sceptic since long before they were even agreed. However, I’ve been hearing a fair amount about them recently – people telling me that governments North and South, companies and city administrations are using them to frame public commitments and planning and reporting against them. So maybe it’s time to …

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