Blog: Transition

Laying the Foundations: What is transition and why does it matter?

17 June 2019

This blog was co-authored by James Cole (STOPAIDS) and Neil Raw (RESULTS UK) on behalf of the UK Sustainability and Transitions Working Group.

Last month, the UK Sustainability and Transitions Working Group convened representatives of civil society, UK government and independent organisations to discuss one of the most pertinent, yet under-discussed, issues currently facing the aid sector: transition.

Transition is defined as the process whereby a country’...

Polio Transition - The missing link to eradication?

25 January 2019

Polio eradication is within our grasp. Many reports, recommendations, and committees exist, alongside political will, to drive efforts towards eradicating polio for good by 2023.

But the landscape of public health is not the same as it was 30 years ago. As we near eradication, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), who have spearheaded eradication efforts, will no...

August grassroots conference call

10 August 2018

A recording of the August grassroots conference call is now online. This month, we were joined by Annalisa Prizzon , Senior Research Fellow within the Development Strategy and Finance Programme at the Overseas Development Institute . Annalisa holds a PhD in Economics and Public Finance with a focus on external debt sustainability in low-...

Talking about transition is helping: now let’s include the right people in the conversation

4 July 2018

On Friday, I was left feeling optimistic by the news that RESULTS UK’s calls for more accountability and clear guidelines on transition are starting to be acted upon by the Department for International Development (DFID). A central point of responsibility for transition within DFID has now been appointed. This is a vital step towards creating accountability and a clear indication that our campaigning around transition in starting to take effect. Building on this progress, we must now make...

Polio Transition – A Missed Opportunity on the path towards UHC?

21 May 2018

How are we going to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC)? This is the focus of this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) taking place in Geneva from May 21 st -26 th . Since taking office, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros, has set out ambitious objectives as part of the WHO’s 13 th General Program of Work . Known as the Triple Billion Targets, he ambitiously wants to ensure 1 billion more...

Webinar: What is transition and what does it mean for global health?

2 March 2018

Since the millennium, significant progress has been made in tackling global poverty. The number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen by an impressive 50%, with more people than ever before being able to access the health and nutrition services they need. Countries are also becoming wealthier; the number of low-income countries has reduced from 63 in 2000 to 31 in 2016.

But economic growth hides increasing inequality, particularly in access to health services. For example,...

February Conference Call

9 February 2018

A recording of the February grassroots conference call is now available. We were joined this month by Amy Dodd of the UK Aid Network (UKAN). Amy has worked extensively in politics, policy and campaigning, including most recently as an advisor in the Shadow International Development team in UK Parliament, focusing on gender, economic development, conflict and climate change issues. Amy is now the Director of UKAN,...

Sustaining progress on global health  -  why does transition matter?

12 December 2017

This guest blog was originally posted on the UHC day blog by Yanira Garcia, Associate at the ACTION partnership.

While pockets of progress in access to health services have been made over the last two decades, deep concern remains around persisting and striking inequities. Malnutrition remains high:...

Transition: what it is and why it matters

20 October 2017

Where should the aid budget be spent? That’s a question that can provoke a lively debate. Politicians and newspapers regularly divulge into such conversations with sound-bites so repetitive you’d be forgiven for thinking they had seriously analysed the issue. Recent events have cast fresh eyes on this debate. Following Hurricane Irma, some of the Caribbean islands found themselves too rich, in terms of per capita GNI, to receive official development assistance (ODA), which caused outrage...

What needs to happen when aid ends?

21 November 2016

This week, the independent body set up to scrutinize DFID’s aid spending (the Independent Commission on Aid Impact –ICAI) released their review and findings on ‘ When aid relationships change: DFID approach to exit and transition in its development partnerships ’. We believe that no matter where people live, they should have access to health services, education, and economic opportunities which allow them to lift themselves from extreme poverty. Equity is a core principle of what we believe in and fight for every day, through our grassroots, parliamentary, and policy advocacy.

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