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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.

Why Citizen-Led Assessments of Educational Outcomes Matter for the Transparency and Open Data Communities

This week, Results for Development’s education team published a multi-year effort assessing the effectiveness and impact of citizen-led education assessments of student learning. The various initiatives and campaigns (“CLAs” for short) are part of a vanguard effort in the education and transparency communities to leverage volunteer-led testing of student competencies towards advocacy and educational policy reform.

Seeking Input on R4D’s New Governance Strategy

During the past several months, R4D’s Governance program has embarked on an in-depth and comprehensive strategy process to evaluate our core theories of change, our projects, and our comparative advantages. In addition to our internal team taking an unvarnished look at our existing and historic programs’ effectiveness and impact, we’ve reached out to dozens of friends and experts in the transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP) communities for critical feedback and constructive criticism.