Health 2015: A conversation with Davidson Gwatkin on Progressive Universalism

Not all pathways to universal health coverage are created equal.

#101Wednesday: what is governance?

R4D’s #101Wednesday blog series aims to put complex issues arising in international development into plain English. Have a question for us? Email us at and we’ll be more than happy to answer it for you.

What is governance? More importantly, what is good governance?

Does your organization unleash demand-driven development?

The following guest blog post comes from Jennifer Lentfer (@intldogooder), founder and editor at and recently named one of the top 100 women tweeting in the foreign affairs space.

VIDEO: Breaking Uganda's culture of silence: Access to essential medicines

Uganda has made great strides in the past few years building up the "hardware" of its public distribution system for medicines – central warehouses and staffed distribution points – but the "software" isn’t quite right. Many health centers run out of medicines in the 2-3 months between deliveries, meanwhile central warehouses are chock-full of supplies.

VIDEO: Where have they gone? ICT to address health worker absenteeism in India

If you assign a health worker to a community, you may help them two or three days a week. If a local organization gives citizens the opportunity to monitor their community health system, the community will get the full weekly allotment of services they're promised.