Results for Development Institute
The Results for Development Institute (R4D) is based in Washington, DC. It is a new type of not-for-profit organization that combines the high-quality research approach of a traditional think tank with the capacity to turn that research into action on the ground in developing countries. Beginning with a focus on financing for public health, R4D quickly expanded into the field of governance with its Transparency and Accountability Project. Future topics of study are expected to include the role of the private sector in health and education reform. In January 2008, R4D and its Partners launched a project on The Role of the Private Sector in Health Systems. The project’s aim was to herald the challenges and opportunities of incorporating the private sector into health systems and to develop a broad systems perspective on how public and private sectors can work together to address the challenges of affordability, quality and availability of care.
R4D is dedicated to reducing poverty and improving human welfare. Its mission is to encourage high-impact investments in poor people by:
- seeding new thinking and implementation methods,
- improving accountability of governments, and
- improving the institutional arrangements that help households manage the financial risks of poor health.
R4D exists in the new world of pluralist financial flows for development – from giving and receiving governments, multilateral institutions, international taxes, private benefactors, businesses, and private citizens in rich and poor countries. Its strategy is to help develop partnerships and support local action. It finds niches in the poorest countries, and it advocates for high-impact human investment policies.
Links to the health workforce crisis
Conquering global poverty will require expansion of economic opportunities for poor people and improvement in the essential services. Strong health systems are necessary not only to reduce the direct costs of disease, but also the indirect costs, in the form of restricted economic and social development. R4D creates actionable programs to improve health systems in the developing world. It develops and evaluates innovative financing mechanisms that generate more funds for global health. It, also, works to design and evaluate health system reforms in developing countries. R4D joined the Alliance in 2007 as an implementing Partner.
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