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Conflict and education: counting the costs

Displaced school children study in makeshift classroom, Darfur, Sudan

It takes terrible events, such as the suicide bombing at a boys’ school in Potiskum or the kidnapping of the Chibok school girls, for the impact of conflict on education to hit the headlines. Education Under Attack 2014 records thousands of similar attacks. But even this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms [...]

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How can good practice be shared across decentralised structure to improve governance structures more widely?

Mother and child in clinic getting treatment for malnutrition, Kenya

This is the third in a series of three blogs each addressing a specific question on ‘How can governance be strengthened in decentralised health systems’ from the session on District Performance hosted by PERFORM at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2014 in Cape Town. The PERFORM  consortium, funded by the European Union, is [...]

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How can managers and their teams be supported through workshops and mentoring to use their management decision space?

Doctor attends to patient, North Darfur, Sudan

This is the second in a series of three blogs each addressing a specific question on ‘How can governance be strengthened in decentralised health systems’ from the session on District Performance hosted by PERFORM at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2014 in Cape Town. The PERFORM  consortium, funded by the European Union, is [...]

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What decision space or room for manoeuvre is available to health service managers within decentralised contexts and what key factors influence this?

HIV patient receiving antiretroviral therapy medication, Rwanda

This is the first in a series of three blogs each addressing a specific question on ‘How can governance be strengthened in decentralised health systems’ from the session on District Performance hosted by PERFORM at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2014 in Cape Town. The PERFORM  consortium, funded by the European Union, [...]

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Seven things we can learn from the Ebola Epidemic in Uganda in 2000 – 2001

Ugandan girls playing

By Sarah Ssali, Senior Lecturer, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University Diseases such as Ebola highlight the importance of a holistic focus on health systems, as opposed to assuming that health is the preserve and concern of health professionals alone. This was the lesson Uganda learnt very quickly in managing the Ebola outbreak [...]

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Global leaders in New York – can they make progress on a new set of Development Goals?

Climate March UNGA 2014

In September Presidents and Prime Ministers were in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Among the issues they grappled with, two were of special interest to the development community – first, how to tackle Climate Change, and second, to make progress on fixing a new set of development goals. Alongside the [...]

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Sebastiao Salgado, photographer, says Education should be key part of sustainable development

A World of Dignity: education at the heart of sustainable development

In the third in a series of blogs from the UN General Assembly Steve Lewis reports from the New York launch of Genesis, the world famous photography exhibition. As I entered the International Centre of Photography  I was blown away by the powerful black and white photographs of the natural world, taken by the Brazilian [...]

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Climate Change Threatens Progress on Child Nutrition

Steve Lewis from RESULTS reports on events in New York at the UN General Assembly In September I marched with over 300,000 people in New York, protesting against Climate Change and the weak global response so far.  But why was I marching on an environment issue when my work with RESULTS is to manage health [...]

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Educational technology and the impact on teaching and learning

Children with Computer

A new Topic Guide on Educational Technology (edtech) has been launched bringing together evidence on the use of edtech and the impact on teaching and learning practices and learning outcomes. Produced by the DFID funded HEART programme at the Institute of Development Studies his Guide contributes to what we know about the relationship between edtech [...]

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Progress is fast, but not fast enough: Taking stock of progress on Women’s and Child health

In the first blog from his series from the UN General Assembly in New York, Steve Lewis reports on progress on Women and Children’s health in the last year. It was impressive to find a room-full of global health leaders at 8.30am on a Sunday morning, meeting to discuss progress on health indicators. The presence of a welcoming breakfast was [...]

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