A bit short of a miracle …

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By Patrick Moriarty and John Sauer What is it that IADB’s Max Valasquez Matute in Honduras finds ‘only a bit short of a miracle’?  The decision by seven INGOs to align their programming in Honduras in support of an Everyone Forever movement aimed at delivering full coverage in…

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By Patrick Moriarty – I mentioned some cool new outputs from IRC’s Ghana programme in my previous post.  These factsheets  present a rich picture of water services and their governance based on a total survey in our three Triple-S  focus districts in Ghana. The fact sheets aren’t cool due…

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By Patrick Moriarty  –   It’s always difficult call these things, but I think (and hope) that the last couple of weeks may, in retrospect, come to be seen as a watershed on the long and painful road to achieving universal access to water and sanitation services worthy of…

Mid term assessment blues

This is a post I made yesterday on our waterservicesthatlast blog.  I’m sure there’s a smarter way to post to multiple blogs at once – but for now can’t find it – so this is straight cut-n-past!  Its also my first post in a while – since leaving Ghana and ‘returning’ to live in Ireland … Continue reading

Isomorphic mimicry – or the challenge of the empty organigramme

Could anyone resist a paper that, in the introduction, promises to ‘explicitly eschew the assumptions and Hegelian teleology of classic modernization theory’!?Not me anyway. While Hegelian teleology is fun, and well worth a visit to Wikipedia (for non political scientists like myself), isomorphic mimicry as a mechanism for ensuring development failure is a genuinely useful … Continue reading

Zero subsidy approaches … a barrier to the poor?

Interesting report from the Poverty Action Lab that presents overall findings (from a series of RCTs) on the impact of charging small fees to poor users of essential (primarily medical) products (‘The Price is Wrong’). The findings – in short – that charging even very low fees has a negative impact on uptake by the … Continue reading

It’s the (political) economy stu…

Thanks to the colleague who sent me the link to this interesting blog-post from the Center for Global Development: ‘an object lesson in the gritty difficulties of translating evidence into policy’. In summary: the fact that worming kids had been rigorously and gold-standardly (yes – an RCT!) proved to be really useful is, apparently and … Continue reading