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Publication and dissemination of products that emerge from R4D is an essential part of our work. We are committed to sharing our publications in both print and electronic formats. Browse our list of featured publications below. You can also view topic specific publications for our focus areas in Global Education, Global Health, Governance and Market Dynamics.

Featured Resources

Following the release of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2015 (GMR), a launch was held for the the latest issue of the journal International Development Policy (DevPol) entitled ‘Education, Learning, Training. Critical Issues for Development’. At the event, select authors including R4D’s Nicholas Burnett, discussed key challenges for education in a global world. His full presentation can be downloaded at the link below.

R4D’s upcoming book, Bridging the Skills Gap: Innovations in Africa and Asia, will probe deep into five key themes relevant to the skills discussion and vital to close the skills gap. The five core chapters of the book will cover the following topics: inclusive skills development, technical skills, systemic curricular change, pedagogy reform, and soft skills.  Recent research and debate in each of these themes will be explored with the support of case studies to illustrate successes, challenges, and lessons using real world examples. 

During a child’s first 1,000 days of life, critical cognitive and physical developments occur that play a major role in determining his or her success later in life. For millions of children, preventable threats like undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies can cloud the future. The good news is that there is hope on the horizon.

Micronutrient powders have been identified as a low-cost, effective intervention to prevent iron deficiency anemia in infants and small children. A new report from the Results for Development Institute (R4D) examines the landscape of supply- and demand-side challenges facing scaled up delivery of micronutrient powders to millions of vulnerable children.

In partnership with the University of Washington, Results for Development Institute has undertaken a rigorous 15-month research study to provide a better understanding of how context, think tank performance, and think tank decisions are related.  The resulting paper provides new evidence and insight into many questions that may help think tank executive directors, staff, and donors alike better assess their context and respond effectively.  

The core of the Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement (ISESE) project, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, was a series of 12 background studies, now publically available. Produced in partnership with regional partners, these explore a range of issues related to skills, education, and economic development in 12 focus countries across Africa and Asia. 

In April 2013, Results for Development Institute (R4D) reviewed the benefits of primary education and estimated the economic cost associated with large populations of out-of-school children in a background study for Educate A Child’s (EAC) High Level Strategic Meeting to Accelerate Efforts to Reach Out-of-School Children (Burnett, Guison-Dowdy and Thomas 2013). This report is an extension of that study. It updates economic cost estimates to reflect the latest data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), further develops the estimation methodology, and expands the estimation exercise to a set of 20 low- and middle-income countries.

The Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) launched The Primary Care Innovator’s Handbook: Voices from Leaders in the Field. The Handbook is an attempt to share knowledge between innovators in an open and informal way, and to encourage more conversations of this style among the community of innovators working to improve primary care.

Highlights: Findings From 2014 identifies healthcare programs, policies, and practices, documents and analyzes promising practices, and spotlights programs with potential for scale up and adaptation within and across borders. Read about more than 70 programs working to make quality healthcare delivered by innovators affordable and accessible to the world's poor.

Social Accountability is an approach that can help solve these problems by making government services and spending more effective. It involves informing communities of their entitlements, training them to monitor services, and empowering them to demand change. This video uses the example of a pregnant mother to depict how civil society-led efforts can lead to improved maternal and child health outcomes, and more!

Across the globe, billions of citizens are having difficulty accessing basic services - resources are unavailable, providers do not report to work, and funds are leaked before reaching communities. Social accountability is an approach that can fix this problem, by empowering citizens to engage government and service providers to ensure their basic needs are met. Social accountability projects typically follow a four-tiered approach. To learn more about what types of problems social accountability can address and how, check out this infographic. 

"The Economic Returns to Investment in AIDS Treatment in Low and Middle Income Countries," is one of the first efforts to look systematically at the expected economic benefits (returns) to large scale investment in AIDS treatment.