The education system in Lebanon

Since the civil war in 1975, the quality of the Lebanese education system has suffered. Two in every three students now attend private schools, where the quality of education is higher than that offered by the public schools. Education was recognised in the peace treaty as a means of moving towards reconciliation, prompting large scale… Read more

Education Expenditure Reviews

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… Read more

Mental health of women and girls in developing countries

Gender is a critical determinant of mental health and mental illness. Gender dictates the differential power and control men and women have over the socioeconomic determinants of their mental health and lives. These determinants include their social position, their access to resources, their status and treatment in society and their susceptibility and exposure to gender-specific… Read more

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

Delivery of education at scale to large refugee and conflict affected populations

General findings of this helpdesk report include: There is a risk that host countries may not allow refugees access to public education, particularly if the government is under pressure to deliver services to their own citizens. Restrictions on refugee employment may entrench poverty, which in turn dampens prospects for education. Armed conflict is diverting public… Read more

Increasing facility-based deliveries and providing referral transport for women in childbirth in Asia

Approaches to increasing facility based births: Eliminating user fees and voucher schemes have been found to improve facility-based delivery rates. A systems approach was found to increase facility-based deliveries in the Philippines. The strategy prioritised the creation of community-based women’s health teams. Payment to a trained birth assistant within a health team incentivised referral to… Read more

Nutrition interventions in developing and fragile contexts with a focus on community interventions and Yemen

This was an extensive query to tackle in 3 days. The result is an annotated bibliography covering a selection of key papers identified through a rapid search on the different nutrition interventions. Section 2 includes a number of resources on community-based management with evaluations finding it to be cost effective. Sections 3-5 are on breastfeeding,… Read more

National- and district-level funding in the health sector

Contact with health financing experts and a rapid literature search found no research that compares district level and national level donor funding. The literature suggests that effectiveness of funding at the national level is likely to depend on how well central funds are disbursed and on the capacity of local services receiving the funds. In… Read more

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