Adaptive Management – What’s in a Word?

Why is Adaptive Management so important to Thinking and Working Politically? And how do we overcome the challenges it poses?

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Bismarck’s Miraculous and Unfortunate Re-emergence: Social Health Insurance in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Otto von Bismarck unified Germany in the 19th century, using the health financing system to aid in the process. But what worked then for Germany doesn't necessarily work elsewhere today.

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Five Insights on How Governance Can Help Build a Responsive Health Workforce

Abt Associates hosted an event in January to learn about ongoing global initiatives in building responsive community health systems and how they connect to governance and achieving universal health coverage.

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Gaming the System: User Experience for Governance

While much of the technical support in governance is poured into making a project robust and innovative, little if any attention is given to the users. User Experience (UX) methods can be a solution to improve these programs.

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Translating Research to Public Health Action

During a recent keynote presentation at the Innovation in Infectious Diseases Research symposium, I gave the following challenge: To really translate research to public health action, we need to understand what meaningful collaboration looks like.

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Deep and Wide? Or Wide and Shallow?

We cannot do development differently by adopting a different set of techniques. Change is political. We must engage with the process of change.

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Don’t Forget the Media when Taking on Health Care Financing Reform

In most low- and middle-income countries, many people lack access to quality health care. Governments working to provide better access to healthcare should not forget an important partner: the media.

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The World Development Report Is Powerful – but Is It Memorable?

In 1926, John Maynard Keynes said that "everything is politics, nothing is policies." Has the World Bank has discovered this truth for itself? What does the 2017 World Development Report say about governance, politics and power?

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The Global Progress on HIV and AIDS and the Work That Remains

Despite - and in some ways because of - the success in South Africa and worldwide in the fight against AIDS, much work and many challenges remain.

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A New Paradigm for Innovation in the Development Ecosystem

During a recent talk at Devex World, I posed this question: "How do we learn from the world of business, the rapidly changing world of start-ups and the sharing economy to change the way we do development?"

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