Can Joint Learning Support Country-Level Progress towards UHC?

This post originally appeared here, on the blog of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage.

Investing In Women: An inside look at Merck’s $3 million commitment to India’s largest maternity care franchise

(Originally posted on the NextBillion blog.)

Since launching in 2007, MerryGold Health Network has unspooled a multi-tiered network of nearly 450 clinics and hospitals providing quality, comprehensive maternal health services in 35 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, two of India’s most populous northern states – and among its poorest.

Exploring early adopters of mobile money for health

By Marilyn Heymann (Reposted from CHMI

Mobile money (payments through phones, usually via SMS) is rapidly becoming a powerful mechanism to extend financial services to the unbanked in low and middle income countries. 

Health 2015: A conversation with Helen Saxenian & Robert Hecht on 20 years in global health: making an even stronger case for investing in health

As we usher in the new year of 2014 and the post-2015 development agenda begins to crystalize, an important transition is occurring in the global health policy field.

Investment in global health has quintupled over the past two decades but also faces considerable challenges ahead, as discussed in a recent working paper by R4D for the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH).

On the 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day, Enhancing Sustainability in HIV & AIDS Financing

This post is co-authored by Christina Starr and Adeel Ishtiaq for R4D's blog. Contact R4D Senior Program Officer Nathan Blanchet for more information on R4D's work with the Technical Working Group.

December 1st marked the 25th anniversary of observing World AIDS Day, and the global fight against HIV & AIDS is now at a turning point. 

The Maternova marketplace: Cutting-edge health technologies improving survival for women and newborns

Originally posted on CHMI's Blog, this piece was authored by R4D Program Officer Christina Synowiec

ISESE Competition: Improving the quality and relevance of middle school in Senegal

The Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement (ISESE) Competition blog series features the winners, runners-up and five additional models that have been selected due to their innovation, impact, sustainability and potential for replication in Africa and Asia. This is Part 2 of our 10-part series.

#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?

Et cetera

A collection of links that caught the attention of R4D staff in last week.  

From Aaron Ausland's "A Cautionary Tale in Charts."

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.