Local beliefs and behaviour change for preventing Ebola in Sierra Leone Dr Susie Miles introduces the Inclusive Learning Topic Guide Learning Achievement: Engaging with Evidence
Children in Sierra Leone

Local beliefs and behaviour change for preventing Ebola in Sierra Leone

‘The Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of West Africa is the most severe acute public health emergency seen in modern times.  Never before in recorded history has a biosafety level four pathogen infected so many people so quickly, over such a broad geographical area, for so long’ (Margaret Chan, 26th September 2014, WHO). This report focuses [...]Read more >

Teacher holding hand of blind student, North Darfur, Sudan

Dr Susie Miles introduces the Inclusive Learning Topic Guide

The HEART Topic Guide brings together evidence on what works in inclusive learning for children aged 3 to 12 years with disabilities and/or difficulties in learning in low and middle income countries, and explores the role of inclusive approaches in contributing to inclusive societies and ultimately inclusive growth. Inclusive learning is defined in the Topic [...]Read more >

Waiting mothers shelter, Zimbabwe

Learning Achievement: Engaging with Evidence

This paper, developed in-house by DFID staff, is intended to be the first iteration of a ‘living document’ to explore in more detail the Learning Framework themes (see figure 1 below) and their relation to learning achievement. The idea is for this paper to bring together in-house synthesis work on existing evidence and to act [...]Read more >

International Health Consultancy short course

04 March 2015

This highly intensive 3-week post-graduate course provides emerging national, regional and international consultants with an opportunity to enhance and improve their professional knowledge and skills in the provision and management of consultancy services within the context of international health and deliver technical assistance that is robust, evidence-based and grounded in the reality of resource-poor settings.  [...]

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Transforming Nutrition Short Course: Ideas, Policy and Outcomes 2015

02 March 2015

A woman works at the Dawanu Cowpea market in Kano State, Nigeria.

The acceleration of undernutrition reduction requires a transformation in the ways we think about undernutrition and the actions we take. This 5 day course, designed for both for policy makers and practitioners, will take participants through new ways of thinking about undernutrition and what to do about it. “This course provides an excellent overview of [...]

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Pre-service teacher training

02 March 2015

Adult education programme in Haiti

This helpdesk aims to synthesis relevant evidence that is focused on the circumstances under which pre-service teacher education can be deemed effective. The evidence included is primarily focused on Ghana and West Africa. Some of the evidence from further afield, which was deemed to be directly relevant, was also included. This report includes this summary [...]

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Report on phase 1 of the spatial mapping of nutrition programming project

25 February 2015

Microfinance agricultural project in Bangladesh

This report provides output for Phase 1 of DFID’s spatial mapping of nutrition programming project. The overall project comprises two discrete phases and aims to better understand if and how spatial analysis can help to coordinate and co-locate nutrition relevant programmes. The rationale for the project is based on the recognition that cross-sector actions are essential [...]

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Paul Lynch on the educational inclusion of children with disabilities

13 February 2015

Blindness in Malawi

Paul Lynch is an expert on the educational inclusion of children with visual impairment and complex needs. His research is mainly focused on children in Southern and Eastern Africa. In this interview, Paul Lynch discusses early childhood development and education of children with visual impairment. His research has found that parents often do not realise [...]

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Bev Fletcher and Amy Bellinger on Non-Traditional Financing for Education

13 February 2015

Education Consultants, Bev Fletcher and Amy Bellinger are the co-authors of the EPS PEAKS Topic Guide on Non-Traditional Financing for Education. In this interview they give an overview of the advantages and challenges of non-traditional financing methods in education. They outline the problems in financing education, what is meant by ‘non-traditional financing’ and discuss the evidence [...]

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Education Expenditure Reviews

06 February 2015

akistani Schoolgirl

Expenditure reviews appear to be useful for identifying the flow of public funds and their use. A key finding of most surveys is public resource leakage. They also highlight the problem of delays and bottlenecks, payroll ghosts, equity in resource allocation, information asymmetry and poor record keeping. Challenges highlighted in the literature include: Surveys can [...]

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Ten arguments for why gender should be a central focus for universal health coverage advocates

30 January 2015

Woman with child on her back

To make universal health coverage (UHC) truly universal we need an approach which places gender and power at the centre of our analysis. This means we need a discussion about who is included, how health is defined, what coverage entails and whether equity is ensured. To celebrate Universal Health Coverage Day RinGs has put together [...]

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Martin Woodhead, Sally Grantham-McGregor and Sarah Klaus on Early Childhood Development

20 January 2015

The HEART Topic Guide on Early Childhood Development (ECD) offers brief summaries of key research, evaluations and case studies, as well as links to more specialist resources relevant to this vision for ECD. It draws on a very broad range of published research and policy studies, spanning health; nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); social [...]

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Miriam Taegtmeyer & Sally Theobald on close-to-community health care in Africa & Asia

19 January 2015

Providing maternal and child health services, including family planning for underserved communities, Bangladesh

Dr Miriam Taegtmeyer and Dr Sally Theobald from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine recently gave a presentation to DFID advisors on understanding and developing the role of close-to-community providers of health care in preventing, diagnosing, and treating major illnesses and health conditions in rural and urban areas in Africa and Asia. They outlined findings to [...]

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