With another year under our belts, we’re looking back at our top blog posts from 2016. From the power of market shaping in reducing maternal deaths to early childhood development to open government and malnutrition in India, these posts pack practical information from our work in more than 55 countries to help people escape poverty and reach their full potential.

1. Becoming a mother shouldn’t put your life at risk: How market shaping can reduce global maternal deaths

In this Mother’s Day blog, Results for Development presented recommendations to strengthen the availability of three medicines—oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate—that could prevent the leading causes of maternal mortality. Read more.

2. Meet Results for Development’s New President and CEO

In June, Results for Development announced that Gina Lagomarsino would succeed David de Ferranti as president and CEO. In this Q&A blog, Gina opens up about her experience working to reform health systems both domestically and globally and her vision for Results for Development. Read more.

3. How to define and categorize innovation labs

We’re exploring how technology innovation hubs in Africa are engaging with local policymakers and whether these interactions influence the co-creation of government policies and solutions. The first step in this process, however, is defining what we mean by “tech innovation hub.” Read more.

4. Growing momentum for early childhood development

Find out why there is no greater time to invest than in a child’s early years. Read more.

5. Four key questions facing the global development community

R4D’s Gina Lagomarsino shares four questions for the global development community to consider, amid more nuanced challenges to reduce extreme poverty and as a growing group of middle-income countries prepare to graduate from development assistance. Read more.

6. The surprising power of stories for accountability: From testable theories to motivating tales

As part of our Transparency for Development project with Harvard Kennedy School of Government, we created a theoretical framework on what types of actions citizens can take that will have the greatest likelihood to improve governance and health services. Read more.

7. Learning to love the inherent wonkiness of open government 

R4D’s Nathaniel Heller argues open government wasn’t and never will be a broad-based social movement. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. Read more.

8. These practical tools can help countries achieve universal health coverage

R4D helped launch the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage in 2010 as a member-driven community of global health policymakers who work together to address barriers to achieving UHC. In this post, we highlight two resources aimed at improving primary health care and engaging the private sector. Read more.

9. 5 things working in the fight against malnutrition in India

In Rajasthan, a state in India, where malnutrition is especially severe, tackling this public health crisis requires more funding for nutrition. In contrast, Maharashtra has seen one of the most rapid declines in stunting of any state in India. In this post, we identify five key factors that helped make Maharashtra’s nutrition strategy successful. Read more.

10. An analysis of India’s newly-released national budget: Do the numbers add up when it comes to nutrition?

This is the second post in a blog series on nutrition financing in Rajasthan, India. In this piece, we look at India’s new budget and analyze how increased devolution to states may empower them to make greater investments in nutrition. Read more.

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