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 >

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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Categories: Access to medicines, Equity, Health, Health Systems, Sexual and Reproductive Health0 Comments

IDS to appoint new Research Fellows

26 January 2015

As IDS approaches its 50th Anniversary under the leadership of a new Director, Professor Melissa Leach, IDS is also embarking on an exciting new strategic research agenda focusing on reducing inequality, accelerating environmental sustainability and building inclusive and secure societies. We are seeking to appoint new Fellows to join us at this exciting time of [...]

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DFID Research Advisory Group Member Vacancies

23 January 2015

Nutrition education seminar, Nepal

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We’re ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. DFID is seeking to fill 2 vacancies on its independent external Research Advisory Group (RAG) in Humanitarian Research for [...]

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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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Categories: Education, Health, Nutrition0 Comments

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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Purna Kumar Shrestha discusses inclusive education

19 January 2015

In this short interview Purna Kumar Shrestha, Global Education Lead, Voluntary Services Overseas International (VSO) talks about the VSO project in Ghana ‘Tackling Education Needs Inclusively (TENI)‘. TENI aims to improve the quality of education received by more than 50,000 children in northern Ghana.  The programme is specifically focused on girls and disabled children. TENI [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Education0 Comments

Never the twain shall meet? HIV and health systems approaches to community

16 January 2015

AIDS support group, Malawi

In the field of health systems research there have been some promising moves towards acknowledging and celebrating the role of people and communities. Most recently the Cape Town Statement from the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research provides a political agenda for future work in which it is acknowledged that: “The drive towards universal health [...]

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Categories: Health, Health Systems, HIV and AIDS0 Comments

Pauline Rose on disability and education

15 January 2015

In this short interview Pauline Rose, Professor of International Education, University of Cambridge, talks about the rights of children with disabilities to an education. As an education and development expert, Pauline discusses how disability is a key issue in education, with many children with disabilities being excluded from school. There is a paucity of evidence on how [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Education0 Comments

Complementary Basic Education

15 January 2015

Bus school sets up outdoor classroom in slum, Delhi, India

The evidence reviewed for this paper suggests that: Many countries implement CBE programmes and they are very diverse; some have been initiated by the state and others by non state actors such as non government organisations. Some CBE programmes are time bound and some are on-going.  A number of countries have more than one CBE [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Curriculum, Learning and Teaching, Education, Equity, Helpdesk Reports, Publications0 Comments

Project closure report: Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunisation in Northern Nigeria – Maternal Newborn and Child Health Initiative, PRRINN-MNCH

15 January 2015

PRRINN-MNCH has made a significant contribution to improved maternal and child health in Northern Nigeria and has contributed to building stronger health systems and capacity in the four programme States. The programme adopted a comprehensive health systems approach for strengthening primary health care, given the State of health systems in Northern Nigeria at the beginning [...]

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Categories: Assignment Reports, Health, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Project completion reports0 Comments

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