Health 2015: A conversation with Davidson Gwatkin on Progressive Universalism

Not all pathways to universal health coverage are created equal.

VIDEO: Tapping student leaders to help address teacher absenteeism in Uganda

Uganda made education a human right for its citizens. In one typical rural district of Uganda almost half of all teachers were absent on any given school day, denying children their right to an education.

Fight hunger: To franchise or not to franchise

If poverty was a disease, malnutrition would be a symptom. Plumpy’nuts, a nutrient fortified, peanut butter bar-like food packet, treats the symptom, but what happens in the meantime when it comes to curing the disease? 

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.

The doctor is in

I welcome and congratulate Jim Yong Kim, medical doctor and Ph.D. anthropologist, on his selection to become the next president of the World Bank. 

While a more transparent, merit-based selection process (one which I believe Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would have won) remains an important goal to which the World Bank should aspire, I still think Dr. Kim's selection is an indication that the World Bank will begin responding to our changing world.

Thinking out loud

It feels good to rant, to get something off your chest, to say what needs to be said, to speak from experience, frustration, emotion, or conviction in a forum of lower stakes than a conference presentation or project proposal review. 

Even if you learn later you were wrong, at least you can point to a major step in that learning process—that moment you decided to think out loud and expose your thoughts to the world.

Aid workers and bloggers: we want your rants.

Reflections on Development

I have worked in development for 40 years. The first 30 were at the World Bank where I worked in a number of different sectors and geographical regions, in operational and policy work. The last 10 years have been in teaching and research, which has give me a chance to reflect on the broader issues of development and what I learned over the previous 30 years. I also have been advising a number of developing countries on their development policies and programs.

Getting Better or Dead Aid? Making sense of the aid effectiveness debate

Charles Kenny, a former World Bank and Center for Global Development colleague, and one of the most thoughtful people writing on development these days, has produced a fascinating and informative book, Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding – and How We can Improve the World Even More.