Jacob Bathanti is a consultant at the World Bank, working with the GDI team. Jacob joined the World Bank in 2014. His work with GDI focuses principally on delivery case studies.
The Model Ward Initiative aimed to effect comprehensive community development, encompassing a wide range of outcomes and indicators, particularly clustered in the areas of health, women’s and children’s rights, and water and sanitation. To achieve this, it would have to mobilize communities and overcome a range of political obstacles.
Delivery Challenge and How Practitioners Responded
The Model Ward Initiative started out in a single ward, adopting a pilot-learn-adapt-scale up approach.
How could the government of Colombia enable effective citizen monitoring of royalty-funded projects? The Colombian government adopted citizen participation and accountability as its main approaches to improve good governance and public effectiveness. Colombia’s legal framework set the foundations for civil society’s participation, but the participatory legal framework has been challenging to implement.
Addressing Chronic Illness in Low-Income Populations through Innovative Health Service Delivery Practices: The AtlantiCare Special Care Center, 2007–13
The AtlantiCare Special Care Center (the SCC) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was set up to focus on the needs of a specific set of patients: the sickest 10–20 percent of the patient pool of the health trust of an Atlantic City hospitality workers union, Local 54. These patients suffer from chronic conditions that drastically affect their quality of life and that are extremely expensive to treat. At the same time, ill health and out-of-control health care costs represented a burden on the local economy.