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Can we improve education outcomes through paying service providers for performance?

As a global community, we are still grappling with how best to drive improvements in education outcomes. Despite the substantial progress made over the past decade, the Sustainable Development Goals launched last year were also a sobering reminder of the distance yet to travel when it comes to fulfilling the promise of quality education for all. 

Earmarking — A Safe Bet to Finance Health?

In order for governments to ensure that their people have access to quality healthcare, there must be both political and financial commitment. One key question governments often face is how to best mobilize funds for health programs.

Making the Case for Adding Sub-National Governments to Open Government Partnership

This article was originally published on the Open Government Partnership's website.

In the complex and brave new world of the SDGs, we still have unfinished business on the basics of mother and child health

This is excerpted from an article published on the Huffington Post by R4D President David de Ferranti, Managing Director Robert Hecht, and Program Director Shan Soe-Lin, and 2015 Yale graduate Elijah Goldberg.

This World AIDS Day, Let's Focus on What Still Needs To Be Done

This World AIDS Day, we can rightly celebrate the enormous progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS to date. The number of people newly infected with HIV each year has dropped from nearly three million new infections a decade ago to two million last year. Meanwhile, more than 15 million people are on treatment – the highest number ever.

How Practitioners Learn

“Learning” is quickly replacing “innovation” and “scale” as the buzzword of choice in the international development community – and perhaps with good reason. Developing innovative approaches to our work requires incorporating lessons from past experiences, continuously iterating and adapting, and understanding why existing strategies may be insufficient.

Life skills boost youth employability yet what can we do to foster them?

This post was orginially published on The World Bank's 

Why Ending Child Stunting and Malnutrition Should Be a Top Priority for “Financing for Development”

By R4D Senior Program Officer Shan Soe-Lin and Managing Director Rob Hecht.

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