Joanna Härmä on low-fee private schooling in Maputo, Mozambique

In this video Joanna Härmä, visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, talks about research she undertook for DFID in Autumn 2015 on non-state provision of education in low-income areas of Maputo, Mozambique. In many developing countries governments struggle to provide education that is accessible to all and of good… Read more


Rights-based approaches to increasing access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This helpdesk report provides an overview of some of the most relevant evidence on rights-based approaches to increasing access to SRHR including how they have been measured and enhanced access where information is available. Section 2 of this report explores the impact of policy changes on accessing rights, and the impact that champions of SRHR within… Read more


Increasing access to sexual and reproductive health and rights via new innovations and technologies in Africa

New innovations and technology, including mobiles and internet, have enormous potential for increasing access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). They can be particularly helpful in reaching hard to access groups, including remote or stigmatised populations, due to the rapid spread of telecommunications infrastructure, mobile phones and broadband usage in low and middle… Read more


Independent curriculum and assessment bodies

Limited evidence was identified which directly addresses the benefits and disadvantages of having an independent curriculum and assessment body at national level. Suggestive evidence from Latin America indicated that external assessment institutes have some advantages due to their higher level of autonomy including improved staff capacity; ability to sustain long-term plans and reduced impact of… Read more


The role of education in contributing to safety and well-being in conflict settings

The purpose of this report was to provide a summary of existing research on the non-academic benefits of education in a conflict setting, with view to providing evidence that can inform the development of DFID’s education strategy for Syria. The review seeks to identify particular educational interventions and contextual factors that may influence outcomes in… Read more


Health budgets for primary health facilities

This helpdesk response aimed to discover what the recommended proportion of an annual national health budget in sub-Saharan Africa is for the maintenance of primary health facilities. From both a rapid review of the evidence available and from correspondence with experts in public health financing, it is clear that no such recommendation exists. In light… Read more


Measuring the quality and performance of healthcare providers in conflict settings

The purpose of the review was to provide a summary of possible indicators which might be used to measure the performance and quality of healthcare in conflict-affected settings. There is considerable guidance on measuring access, availability and quantity of health provision in these settings, but much less on whether this care is sufficient or effective…. Read more


Targeted interventions for sex workers to reduce HIV

This review has found a number of peer reviewed studies and grey literature on interventions targeted at sex workers for HIV prevention. Several were systematic reviews, some comprehensive reviews and policy papers. A number of individual studies focused on cost effectiveness are presented. Two interventions in India are considered particularly effective and scalable interventions. A… Read more


Evidence on the impact of salary supplementation schemes on performance of health workers

This helpdesk report explores the evidence available on the impact of salary supplementation schemes on the performance, recruitment and retention of health workers. Salary supplementation can be defined as monetary payments or in-kind benefits paid to staff above the standard compensation for their position. There are two key types of salary supplementation schemes: those aiming… Read more


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