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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Big Data, Idealism, and Vaporware: Looking Back at Blockchain in 2017 and Ahead to 2018

I've led an interesting life, but my work with blockchain in the last 12 months has been the most interesting period yet. Here's what happened in 2017 in blockchain and what I think will in 2018.

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Categories: Technologies

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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Agricultural Development: A Valuable Tool for Peacebuilding in Conflict Countries

South Sudan, created in 2011, fell into civil war in 2013. A new white paper argues that a bottom-up approach to development is one way to make conflicts such as South Sudan's less likely.

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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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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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