German Health Practice Collection

The German Health Practice Collection is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and KfW Entwicklungsbank.

Since 2004, it has involved experts working in German-supported health and social protection programmes around the globe in a collaborative knowledge management process, seeking to identify, document and widely share results and lessons learnt which programmes generate during their implementation.

Inclusion in the Collection does not depend on whether a programme was ‘successful’ (e.g. demonstrable, sustainable, positive results), but on whether the way it tackled implementation bottlenecks offers new insights. The focus is on generating new delivery knowledge by analysing how German-supported programmes and their partner institutions deal with implementation challenges they encounter, how they adapt their approaches accordingly, and what they learn in the process about effective implementation.

How are GHPC case studies researched and produced?

Experienced researchers-writers conduct background research, field visits and interviews, and work closely with programme staff, representatives of partner organisations to

  • Explore, with both partner institutions and the German agency supporting them, how they addressed a crucial development challenge;
  • Look at how the implementation of the programme evolved, how different kinds of implementation bottlenecks were addressed, and how the approach was adjusted accordingly;
  • Describe the results of the interventions in terms of specific outcomes for the beneficiaries, as well as for the policy and reform process in the given partner country; and
  • Generate broader learning about both the development challenge and the implementation of interventions to address it.

Two independent peer reviewers review the final text to assess how the case study has answered its guiding questions and whether it has generated new insights regarding the implementation of the given approach and the development challenge it addresses.

Long and short versions of the publications are made available on the Healthy DEvelopments web portal, as well as in hard copy.

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A country’s journey towards an interoperable digital health ecosystem
Writer:Corinne Grainger
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Insights from implementing SORMAS in Nigeria and Ghana
Writer:Corinne Grainger
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Learning from support to large-scale reforms in India and Indonesia
Writer:Clemens Gros
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Towards life-long equitable access to comprehensive social protection for all
Writer:Martina Ulrichs and Dr Mary White-Kaba
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Population dynamics at the heart of development planning
Writer:Dr Mary White-Kaba
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Insights from Cambodia’s national poverty identification system
Writer:Emily de Riel
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Learnings from a Maternal and Newborn Health Initiative
Writer:Dr Mary White-Kaba
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An Evidence Brief
Writer:Maureen Mackintosh, Julius Mugwagwa, Geoffrey Banda and Jires Tunguhole
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Learnings from building a national programme
Writer:Karen Birdsall
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Meeting the challenge with information technology
Writer:Karen Birdsall
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How ESTHER Germany supports the twinning of African and German hospitals
Writer:Ruth Evans
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Working for sexual and reproductive health and rights in a country affected by civil war
Writer:Dr Mary White-Kaba, Andrew Wilson

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