According to its first-ever Knowledge Report, published earlier this year, the World Bank spends over $600 million a year on “core knowledge services” – research, economic and sector work,…

Adam Wagstaff |

How are communities around the world coping with the higher and more volatile food prices? What is the impact on poverty, or on nutritional outcomes? And, how should policymakers respond to such…

Jos Verbeek |

Quantity inequalities may be dwarfed by quality inequalities In my last post on UC I argued that UC is best thought of as a means to achieving lower inequalities and improved financial protection…

Adam Wagstaff |

Rising food prices, famine in the horn of Africa, climate change, seasonal hunger, uncertainty about the future of the global food system.    World Food Day and Blog action Day are on October 16,…

Swati Mishra |

Health sector inequalities and financial protection – is UC enough? Since the publication of the 2010 World Health Report “Health Systems Financing: The Path to Universal Coverage”, the “universal…

Adam Wagstaff |

The seasonality of poverty and food deprivation is a common feature of rural livelihood in Bangladesh, but it is more marked in the northwest region of Rangpur.  The recently launched policy…

Shahid Khandker |

Taking high-quality affordable primary care to the rural poor with the help of handheld computers, telemedicine, and P4P. In our first post in this series, we showed how illness in India causes…

Adam Wagstaff, Sofi Bergkvist |

More than health insurance for the poor In our last post, we showed how illness in India causes financial hardship and leaves Indians—especially poor ones—with limited access to affordable good-…

Adam Wagstaff, Sofi Bergkvist |

India’s health system faces some major challenges. In some respects, the hill India’s health system has to climb is steeper than that facing other developing countries. The good news is that the…

Adam Wagstaff, Sofi Bergkvist |

With just four years to the target date of 2015, progress on the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been slow. Measuring progress has been hampered by the lack of quality and…

Sulekha Patel |