Weekly News Roundup (Early Independence Day issue!)

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NextBillion has published a two part series deconstructing the promise (and limitations) of health care delivery models that serve the poor. Part one features a interview with economic adviser, Paul Clyde, about his thoughts after advising and running over 40 projects in 10 emerging markets. Check out the thought provoking discussion here.

Ahead of the G8, the UK announced the launch of new Global Development Innovation Ventures, which will find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. The program will invest in the best performers - including entrepreneurs, academics and non-governmental organizations. The British government will invest £50 million over 5 years in the new investment platform, which is expected to unlock further investment capital from both the private sector and other countries. Read more here.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) published an article about microfinance ethics. How can we ethically support the development of for-profit business models that serve the poor, striving to maximize profits while trying not to harm poor consumers? Read the full response here.


Do you have an interest in learning more about the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission?K4Health recently updated their expansive toolkit! Explore more about policies and guidelines, program management, service delivery, and advocacy in this important area here.

NextBillion is releasing a series of posts under a “Measure for Measure” theme which focuses on trends, tools, and viewpoints in impact measurement. The most recent post looks at eight tips for optimizing your data collection and maximizing your impact. Read the full post here

“IDEAS: Evidence to improve maternal and newborn health” and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine collaborated on a study of programs in north-eastern Nigerian states to understand what enables or inhibits the scale-up of maternal and newborn health innovations. The team used 50 in-depth key-informant interviews with key policy, development, non-state and research actors to identify challenges. Read more here.

AIRS staff in Nigeria developed a new tool to help supervisors spot and correct errors in data collection. The Monitoring & Evaluation Error Eliminator tool is being used in 13 African countries to improve the quality of data being collected during indoor residual spraying campaigns. Read more here


On Monday, July 8, a network of Social Good Moms will join Dr. Gary Darmstadt, Director of Family Health at the Gates Foundation, in a robust 30-minute conversation about global newborn health that follows on the heels of April's Global Newborn Health conference. Follow the conversation with the hashtag #Newborn2013 from 11:30am-12pm EST. More information can be found here.

Calling all non-profits! The deadline for nominations to the next GlobalGiving challenge is July 22, 2013. Global Giving's online platform allows registered organizations to expand their donor networks, access resources, and connect to corporate giving campaigns at companies like Ford, Nike Foundation, Dell, Pepsi and more! Many CHMI programs are now permanently featured on the platform as a result of past Open Challenges:

Grand Challenges Canada is seeking to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact that use scientific/technical, social, and business innovation to address some of the most pressing global health challenges both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada. Projects may encompass the whole spectrum of global health, including drug discovery, vaccine development, diagnostics, health and medical education, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases (including cancer and mental health), health-related water and sanitation, and health-related agriculture and nutrition. Learn more hereDeadline: July 30, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

GSK and Save the Children have launched a $1 million award to discover new healthcare innovations that are reducing child deaths. From June 27-August 26, organizations from across the developing world are encouraged to nominate examples of innovative healthcare approaches they have discovered or implemented. $250,000 will be awarded to the best healthcare innovation and an additional $750,000 will be available for runners-up awards. Read more about this great opportunity in this recent blog post

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched a contest to redesign the child health record by developing new ways to accurately track vaccine doses, increase ease of interpretation and use, and incite behavior change to make the record a valued asset for health professionals and families alike. The Foundation will recognize the top entries with awards of up to $50,000! For more information, click hereProposals Due: October 31, 2013