Learning Achievement: Engaging with Evidence Family Planning The Impact of Tertiary Education on Development
 
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 >

Mother and baby smiling, Nigeria

Family Planning

Introduction This document presents a summary of family planning. It reviews existing literature, examining carefully what the current knowledge is, where the important issues or problems lie and “what works”. It is divided into ten sections. This guide was produced as a result of a reading week held for the UK Department for International Development [...]Read more >

Two young mothers learning to write, India

The Impact of Tertiary Education on Development

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has commissioned a series of rigorous literature reviews focused on different aspects of education. The reviews identify critical evidence gaps to guide future research programmes and present existing evidence for the development of effective interventions. A team from the Institute of Education, University of London authored the review [...]Read more >

Global Health Architecture: current and future

02 September 2014

Operating theatre, Eastern Cape, South Africa

DFID is mapping the current health architecture and identifying drivers that will influence the future architecture from 2015. This report was prepared to inform DFID on the strengths and weaknesses of the current global health architecture, and of the relevance and responsive of the health architecture for the post 2015 agenda. This work looks at [...]

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Does fortifying food improve nutrition for the poorest people?

01 September 2014

Feeding programs bolster student performance

Globally, deficiencies in micronutrients are staggering in scale. According  to some estimates, between 40 and 60 percent of all children in developing countries suffer negative health consequences from not receiving enough iron, and a similar percentage don’t get enough Vitamin A. One response to this problem has been more widely adopted than any other: food [...]

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Job: Research Team Leader, Operations Research & Impact Evaluation (ORIE) Project

01 September 2014

Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) is a United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) funded nutrition programme being implemented by a consortium of UNICEF, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger.  The DFID-funded Operations Research & Impact Evaluation (ORIE) Project evaluates the impact of the WINNN programme and ORIE is being implemented [...]

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A new era for the WHO health system building blocks?

26 August 2014

Operating theatre, Eastern Cape, South Africa

A health system consists of all the organizations, institutions, resources and people whose primary purpose is to improve health.a There is mounting evidence that health systems that can deliver services equitably and efficiently are critical for achieving improved health status. While increased attention to health systems strengthening is welcome, it requires a sound monitoring strategy [...]

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Reaching out to the Department for International Development on Close-to-Community Providers

20 August 2014

Maternal and child health in India

Community health workers in Mozambique are paid by development partners and not by the Government. How does this affect their integration into the broader health system? How can we incentivise supervisors in Malawi to support community health workers in a positive way? Sometimes donors’ desire to take action on particular health issues can mean that [...]

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Global health meets genomics: inequalities and politics

11 August 2014

HIV patient receiving antiretroviral therapy medication, Rwanda

Scientific advances in the understanding of genetics and genomics have the potential to generate major improvements for human health in the near future. However, from a global health perspective, the translation of this technology into new medical treatments raises profound international and local issues around inequality, identity and insecurity. Melissa Leach – Director at the [...]

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Higher education in the post-2015 agenda: proof that it matters

05 August 2014

Woman on Computer

Higher education really matters. The evidence from our recent research into the links between education and developmental leadership shows that higher education feeds into political stability and civil engagement. Primary education is, of course, critically important for poverty reduction. Yet poor governance, failing states and conflict are major destabilising forces in the development process, all [...]

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Health and Education in fragile states: shared challenges

29 July 2014

Koran classes, Darfur, Sudan

In a recent blog, Alice Albright of the Global Partnership for Education wrote about the close relationship between health and education in international development. She highlighted the mutually reinforcing benefits between health and education: educated mothers have healthier children, healthier children learn better. But the relationship between health and education is not just one of [...]

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ORIE Nigeria: Quantitative Impact Evaluation Baseline Report

22 July 2014

A young girl sells food in Chiromawa village Kano state, Nigeria

This report presents the findings from the baseline survey of the quantitative impact evaluation of the Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) Programme interventions in Northern Nigeria. The household survey data collection was conducted in June 2013 and a final round of data collection is scheduled for June 2016. Both baseline and endline [...]

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Maternal mental health in the context of community based home visiting: “Acting urgently, building slowly”

21 July 2014

Maternal health and family planning

On 12 June 2014, Professor Mark Tomlinson from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, gave a seminar to DFID health advisors on maternal mental health in the context of community based home visiting. The seminar highlighted that in low and middle income countries women and girls carry a significant care burden. They are twice as likely as [...]

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