All about innovation in this week's News Roundup!

Program News:

Operation ASHA is at it again! Founders Shelly Batra and Sandeep Ahuja are featured in the India Time’s “Six Social Entrepreneurs Making a Real Difference.” 

Imagine you’re living in poverty and the unthinkable happens. A family member dies, you become dangerously ill, or your house is broken into leaving you with nothing. For those people living in low- and middle-income countries MicroEnsure’s mobile-run insurance company can protect themselves from falling deeper into poverty. Read more here

Read about one data scientist’s work with Datakind and Medic Mobile, a San Francisco healthcare technology non-profit, seeking to to quantify the impact of their mission. 

BRAC invited practitioners, including many from South Asia and East Africa utilizing or considering utilizing technology, digital financial services, or data in innovative ways, to share their experiences in Stanford Social Innovation Review’s latest blog.


How does one go about forecasting for reproductive health commodities when there is limited or no historical data on which to base the projection? K4Health’s latest toolkit “A Forecasting Guide for New and Underused Methods of Family Planning” supports program managers and others involved in family planning forecasting. 

In SHOPS Project’s latest research brief, SHOPS conducted a census of six Nigerian states to assess the private health sector’s capacity, geographic distribution, and services offered. Check it out here.

The mHealth Alliance presents “mHealth Support Tools for Improving the Performance of Frontline Health Workers: An Inventory and Analytical Review” a report that further investigates the use of mobile health tools to support the performance and accountability of frontline health workers in low- and middle-income countries. 

Read about the impact Partners in Health is having around the world to provide health care for the poor, thanks to the generous support of our donors in Partners In Health’s 2013 Report.

This paper summarizes the evidence base for CommCare and closely related mobile applications for frontline workers through a review of  all published papers and unpublished (gray literature) studies about the CommCare platform, all published papers on pertinent, alternative mobile systems, and several papers on highly relevant topics.  


Marie Stopes International, a marketing focused, results oriented social enterprise, is looking for a Technical Impact Advisor (Policy & Metrics). Check it out here!

VillageReach is looking for a Finance and Administration Director and a Finance and Administrative Associate. Learn more here!

General News:

The latest edition of PSI’ Impact magazine seeks to uncover global health’s best investments, identify global health trends, and discuss barriers and solutions to scaling up promising interventions. In this article, Gib Bulloch, founder and global managing director of Accenture Development Partnerships, talks best buys in global health with Cate O’kane, PSI’s deputy director of Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy. What’s at the top of his list for best buys? Click here to find out. In this article, Congressmen Adam Smith and Ander Crenshaw, speak about advancing global health through innovation

In this Huffington Post blog, Robert Walker, President of Population Institute, re-examines the global barriers to reproductive freedom.

Devex Impact sits down with B.T. Slingsby, the executive director of the Global Health Innovation and Technology Fund, to talk about public-private partnerships to combat TB and malaria

Stanford Social Innovation Review recaps the Skoll World Forum in their blog “Ambition to Audacity: Takeaways from the 2014 Skoll World Forum

How can international organizations use the power of narrative to communicate their message, gain insight, innovate and internally align? Learn more here

The majority of millennials think they're innovative people. They want to work at--and give their money to--innovative companies that are good for society. Co.Exist explores why innovative companies are at the top of millennial’s job list

Photo: Operation ASHA site visit in Delhi, 2013 courtesy of CHMI