blog iconThe ADB’s Social Protection Index: what does it really tell us about social security provision in Asia?

The recent release of the Asian Development Bank’s Social Protection Index (SPI) has generated much interest; it even merited a story in the Economist. However, little attention has been paid to the SPI’s definition of social protection. Yet, it is this definition – and the schemes included and excluded in the...

blog iconThe Ghosts of User Fees Past: exploring accountability for victims of a 30-year economic policy mistake

In this guest blog, Rick Rowden, doctoral candidate in Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University, discusses the World Bank’s health user fees and what the recent change in direction from the World Bank could mean for those affected by this policy.  On May 21st, World Bank Group President Jim Yong...

blog iconTackling Mental Health: a FundaMental starting point

Everyone’s talking about mental health – particularly its effect on the world’s poorest countries. But what do we do about it? Where do we start? Jessica Mackenzie suggests four crucial steps.

Publication IconAchieving Education and Health Outcomes in Pacific Island Countries

A research paper examining the challenges facing Pacific Island countries as they strive to improve the health and education of their people. It examines the policies that need to be...

Our Work IconImproving mother and child health, underpinned by a management information system

High infant and maternal mortality rates are experienced in Kakamega County in western Kenya. The County Government of Kakamega, supported by UNICEF Kenya, have therefore set out to reduce the number...

News IconMother and child health the focus of new maternal health transfers in western Kenya

A social protection scheme to support the health of expectant and new mothers and their babies in western Kenya is getting underway. The County Government of Vihiga, UNICEF Kenya and...

News IconGovernment of Uganda outlines information and communication technology role in development plans

The Government of Uganda is outlining a vision for how information and communications technology (ICT) can underpin the nation’s development at a conference in Kampala.  The Ministry of ICT & National Guidance...

Our Work IconUncovering adolescent challenges to address: A Situational Analysis of Children in Mongolia

Adolescence is a crucial developmental period in the life of a person, which marks the transition from childhood towards adulthood. Investing in adolescents is therefore vital to creating a healthy...