Useful Resources

Universal health: From private coverage to public care
Municipal Services Project video, November 2013

The universal health coverage agenda is opening the door for privatization of public health systems in the global South. In India, insurance-based coverage has skewed public health priorities and starved primary care. This animation video calls on people everywhere to mobilize around public alternatives to achieve health for all. Spanish subtitles are available.

Urban lecture series: How can we transcend slum urbanism in Africa?
Edgar Pieterse, 14 May 2014

Edgar Pieterse in this lecture argues that data about economic incorporation into the labour market and living conditions demonstrate that the majority of African urban dwellers live in conditions of vulnerability, and that economic insecurity reinforces slum living and makes it difficult for states to access sufficient tax revenues to address a variety of urban pressures. Pieterse poses the question: “if we acknowledge this tough reality, how can we formulate policy agendas that can break this cycle of exclusion and injustice?” The lecture provides a macro framework to develop alternative modalities of urban management and governance rooted in ethical values and practical experiences.Pieterse puts forward the concept of the underlying logics of slum urbanism, which in turn manifests in an overall urban form that can be characterized as ‘extreme splintered urbanism’—a pattern of urban development that manifests in sharp urban divides, the privatization of key urban services and infrastructure linked to large-scale slum neglect over long periods of time. In response the concept of Urban Operating Systems is introduced to identify the macro entry points for transforming urban systems over 2-3 decades. The operating systems are: infrastructure, economy, land markets and the governance. Alternative approaches to each are identified as a provocation for further research and praxis.

Urbanisation: where, why, when?
SciDevNet: UK, 2015

This series of infographics and a video show urbanization by region and separate countries. It identifies factors which are driving urbanization and shows through graphics how birth rates, fertility and migration are drivers of urban growth. It compares through bar charts the differences between urban and rural housing and explores whether the rural – urban gap may be shrinking. Finally, it shows some projections for the future of urbanization.

Use of DevInfo at the national level : Country example (Tanzania)

DevInfo is often used by UN Country Teams as an umbrella data system for creating a UN Common Database for the CCA-UNDAF, and further to help governments in the collation and dissemination of human development data. As a common data repository containing baseline and other information, the DevInfo database facilitates monitoring change and progress over time towards achieving the MDGs and other objectives in the UNDAF or other national plans. Following the need to have a common database in the country which would enhance accessibility of existing data, especially those related to sustainable human development issues, and facilitate wider use of newly collected data, the National Bureau of Statistics in Tanzania adapted DevInfo to develop the Tanzania Socio Economic Database (TSED). The database is very user-friendly.

useful health links

For a selective list of HIV/AIDS websites for health professionals, libraries and publishers in developing countries, please visit the HIV/AIDS section of INASP Health Links: INASP Health Links is an internet gateway to more than 500 selected websites, including more than 100 HIV/AIDS sites.

Ushahidi Platform: A free, web-based mapping platform

One of the most powerful ways to visualise information is to display it on a map. You can use the Ushahidi Platform for information collection, visualisation and interactive mapping. It is free for you to download and use and is aimed at activists, news organisations and every-day citizens. It provides information mapping tools that allow you to track your reports on the map and over time. You can filter your data by time and then see when things happened and where, as it's also tied to the map. With multiple data streams, the Ushahidi Platform allows you to easily collect information via text messages, email, twitter and web-forms.

Using Data to Improve Service Delivery: A Self-Evaluation Approach

The Support for Analysis and Research in Africa Project (SARA) is a user-friendly guide that has been designed to help healthcare workers use data collected at their health facility to solve common problems in service delivery and improve their response to community needs. It is intended for doctors, nurses, and midwives in both community health centres and rehabilitated district health centres.

Using maps for advocacy: A manual
Tactical Technology Collective: 2009

This booklet is an effective guide to using maps in advocacy. The mapping process for advocacy is explained vividly through case studies, descriptions of procedures and methods, a review of data sources and a glossary of mapping terminology. Scattered through the booklet are links to websites that afford a glance at a few prolific mapping efforts. Hosting a map on your website can now become a reality as the guide takes you through the specifics of the process. Examples of valuable data sources, like youtube, facebook, flickr and socialight, have been cited, along with a brief outline of their mapping features. The fold-out offers an illustrative sketch of the inside story, while the fold-in explains a swift and easy method to create a map. The purpose of the booklet is to enable advocacy groups explore the potential of maps to effectively send out their message.

Using mobile phones in fundraising campaigns
Stein M: 2007

Mobile fundraising is emerging as a new tool for organisations to identify potential donors to raise money. Mobile phones are being used across the world to raise money for social causes such as disaster relief, poverty, cancer research, rescuing abandoned animals and supporting other human needs. This manual examines the effectiveness of non-profit and non-governmental organisations using mobile phones to build their constituent lists, influence political causes, support case studies and raise money. Areas covered include: mobile fundraising for humanitarian relief, partnerships between charities and commercial entities, harnessing media and the entertainment industry, the interplay between donors and activists, and calculating the return on your investment in mobile fundraising. It concludes with some examples of mobile fundraising and the lessons learnt.

Video: Health care in Cuba and the Philippines: what are the differences?
Third World Health Aid, April 2016

April 7 was World Health Day and the European Day of Action against commercialisation of Health Care. For this occasion, Third World Health Aid launched its new video that compares the health system of Cuba with the privatized system in the Philippines and its impact on the population. It spreads a strong message of the necessity of free and accessible health care, and community involvement. In this video, Third World Health Aid compare the situation in two developing countries. Cuba is famous for its excellent health care, which is free of charge for its citizens. In the Philippines, access to health care is not so evident. Third World Health Aid see a big inequality. What explains this big difference.? The video shows a walk together with local health workers in the neighbourhoods of Havana and Manilla, the capitals of these two countries. It shows the different experiences of the broad range of factors affecting health, including health care.