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JLN Members Discuss Three Practical Tools for Improving Primary Health Care

Over the past two years, members of the JLN Primary Health Care (PHC) technical initiative have come together through a series of in-person and virtual workshops to co-develop three practical tools for improving PHC delivery, including:

Does the World Need Another Toolkit? 4 Ways to Use Transparency, Accountability, and Health Resources from the T4D Project

Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series that is sharing insights from a Harvard Kennedy School and Results for Development joint program that is evaluating whether it’s possible to improve citizen voice and empowerment while improving maternal and newborn health at the same time. Read the first post and the second post.

Four Priorities for Improving WASH for Women in the Workplace

This year’s theme for World Water Day is “Water & Jobs.” In order to explore this topic in a meaningful way, it’s important to address the critical connection to women. Specifically, the growing number of women from the developing world who are now working outside of their homes and how they’re impacted by access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in the workplace – particularly for those women working in the garment industry.

Indian states have an opportunity to tackle malnutrition, but will they seize it?

By Bailey McWilliams and Rifaiyat Mahbub

Editors’ note: Results for Development, with support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), analyzed budgetary allocations to nutrition in the Indian state of Rajasthan. These findings are included in a new report that was launched during a national consultation on nutrition financing in Delhi last month. 

Failing Fast: 3 Things We Have Learned about Engaging and Empowering Communities

Photo: T4D/Jessica Creighton. Community representatives developing social action plans in one pilot village in Tanzania.

How to empower people and save babies: 5 things that might work (and 5 that definitely won’t)

All people should have the right to have their voices heard, and all women should have the right to have healthy babies.

If you wanted to build an initiative that people can get behind, these two goals are a good place to start.  It would be hard to find two less controversial statements, and the resources that go toward achieving these goals bear out how much people see them as critical for development.

Three Things Governance and Accountability Experts Should Be Asking Themselves in 2016

Last year, Results for Development undertook a major strategic review to define a governance program that made best use of our comparative advantages while adding maximum value to the transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP) community globally. As a result, we decided to double down on evidence building and applied research, particularly around the intersection of governance and TAP issues in key sectors.

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.