#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.

Beyond 2015: Continuing and complementing the GMR

At 10 years, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report is now on the map as an indispensable tool for the international education community. I am proud to have played a small role in this – and one that was so enjoyable, if very demanding. Managing the GMR was one of the best jobs I have had.

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.

Transparent pricing of vaccines would help poor as well as rich countries

The BMJ’s editor, Fiona Godlee, recently challenged the UK government to publish the price it pays for vaccines, including the new vaccine Cervarix, which helps prevent cervical cancer (BMJ 2011;343:d6239, doi:10.1136/bmj.d6239). Price transparency is not just a matter for the United Kingdom, however: it is a point of vigorous debate and growing urgency in countries around the world.