Fostering innovation sustainability

In the Sustainable Development Goals era there is considerable interest in promoting the long-term sustainability of health programmes introduced by donors in order to achieve universal health coverage. Effective interventions commonly end when donor funding ends or only fragile, short term funding can be secured to sustain them at scale. This lack of sustainability undermines the value of externally-funded health programmes.

IDEAS believes it is important to develop a better understanding of the conditions and approaches that enable the sustainable scale-up of maternal and newborn health innovations.

IDEAS undertakes qualitative studies that assess what happens in the longer term to donor-funded maternal and newborn health innovations that are scaled-up and how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors can take steps to foster sustainability.

Published content

Journal article
Ownership in Name, But not Necessarily in Action

Melisa Martinez-Alvarez’s commentary on the IDEAS-led research on scalability and sustainability of pilot projects in three countries.

Research brief
A qualitative study of the scalability and sustainability of the Village Health Worker scheme in Gombe State, Nigeria

Key findings show changes that were made to the VHW scheme to increase its sustainability in the 57 wards where it is being implemented to...

Journal article
Six steps to prevent a development project ending in the graveyard

In reality however, in more cases than not, once donor funding dries up, the project comes to an end, thereby limiting the project’s longer term...

Journal article
“It’s About the Idea Hitting the Bull’s Eye”: How Aid Effectiveness Can Catalyse the Scale-up of Health Innovations

With shrinking aid budgets around the world, oftentimes pilot interventions are funded for relatively short periods of time and need to prove...

News
How Aid Effectiveness can catalyse the Scale-up of Health Innovations

With shrinking aid budgets around the world, oftentimes pilot interventions are funded for relatively short periods of time and need to prove...