Ag Enterprise

We improve lives and livelihoods in rural communities by integrating novel financing solutions and information technology.

We improve lives and livelihoods in rural communities by integrating novel financing solutions and information technology.

The world’s 270 million smallholder farmers in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia have the potential to help lift developing countries out of poverty and meet the mounting global demand for food, but they face many challenges to realizing this capacity for change. One of the most critical and complex of these barriers is financing.
GDI addresses farmers’ lack of access to financial resources. We pair different finance models with new technologies and agricultural data to enable farmers to invest in their farms, increase productivity, and connect to markets.
We forge close relationships with donors, banks, technical assistance partners, and NGOs to form a supportive platform for actors interacting with smallholder farmers across the agricultural value chain. Working with these partners, GDI fuels a foundation of critical research, facilitates new collaboration, strategically guides start-ups, and creates investment opportunities.

Development Frontiers

We advance the global development architecture by introducing unorthodox funding, unconventional policy, and creative capacity-building ideas to the conversation.

We advance the global development architecture by introducing unorthodox funding, unconventional policy, and creative capacity-building ideas to the conversation.

GDI transforms the “business as usual” approach to global development.
Over the last several decades, the global development community has begun to recognize the limits of approaching the world’s problems with a model that is top-down, driven by public funding alone, and led by the global North. We believe that creating impact at scale calls for continuing to flip the traditional model upside-down. To make this vision of global development a reality, GDI pursues outside-of-the-box approaches to financing, policy, and capacity-building.
GDI works with new and existing multi-stakeholder initiatives and organizations. The ideas and initiatives we help implement are often complex, requiring cross-sector coordination and introducing new actors to the global development space. Our partners in these efforts come from a variety of institutions, disciplines, and locations, but are all social agitators interested in driving transformative impact and doing development differently.

Beyond Health

We build healthy communities by scaling up multi-sectoral innovations, accelerating the impact of social enterprises, and catalyzing the use of technology to unlock human potential.

We build healthy communities by scaling up multi-sectoral innovations, accelerating the impact of social enterprises, and catalyzing the use of technology to unlock human potential.

GDI encourages sustained impact and healthier communities by examining the institutions and networks that support healthy lives, addressing neglected issue areas, and unearthing new solutions by dissecting the ways in which health interacts with other global problems.

We know that building healthy communities requires thinking beyond the boundaries of the health sector. That’s why we work with our partners to search for ways to “connect the dots” by identifying cross-cutting solutions to complex problems. GDI supports high-potential social enterprises to unlock the hidden capacity in local systems, access dark data, and link community-led efforts to systems-level impact. We pair technology and business models to create new public-private partnerships and distributed infrastructure. We are always looking to partner with like-minded funders and changemakers who are ready to take on these challenges and think beyond health.

Impact Escalated

We leverage a dual-pronged top-down and bottom-up approach with our work in sectors including financial inclusion, employment, education, and the environment.

We leverage a dual-pronged top-down and bottom-up approach with our work in sectors including financial inclusion, employment, education, and the environment.

GDI believes that private and public sector actors have the power to reinvent how we think about systems change and achieve sustainability (financial and otherwise).

The Impact Escalated focus area leverages a dual-pronged top-down and bottom-up approach with our work in sectors including financial inclusion, employment, education, and the environment. When working from the top-down, we aggregate commercial and philanthropic capital, organize multi-stakeholder networks, and leverage existing public and private sector infrastructure. When working bottom-up, we provide design and implementation support for organizations, entrepreneurs, and innovation teams aiming to scale impact.