November 7, 2019

New Pathways to Prosperity Report Introduces Tools to Bridge the Persistent Rural Agricultural Financing Gap

ISF Advisors and the Mastercard Foundation’s Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (the Lab) — both initiatives currently housed at Global Development Incubator (GDI) — have released their latest rural and agricultural finance state of the sector report: Pathways to Prosperity. This report is a follow-up to the 2016 publication, Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in […]

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September 16, 2019

A GDI Case Study: Partnership for Economic Inclusion (PEI)

How does GDI design and build social impact startups? It’s not an easy question to tackle, but we hope this new case study on the Partnership for Economic Inclusion (PEI) will help provide some insight. PEI and its NGO partners are dedicated to driving economic inclusion for the extreme poor through developing scalable systems-change strategies […]

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September 9, 2019

Creating jobs and sustainable livelihoods in a changing world

The jobs and livelihoods sector has transformed significantly over the past decade, and is expected to see even greater shifts in the coming years. Population shifts given the youth bulge, climate, conflict and urbanization are driving challenges overall, while the changing nature of work in the form of automation and digitization is negatively impacting lower […]

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July 26, 2019

New GDI Initiative for Sustainable Urban Development Announced at UN Habitat Assembly

The world’s urban population is increasing — most rapidly in low and middle income countries. In order to meet Sustainable Development Goal 11 — to make cities more sustainable, resilient, inclusive and safe — governments will need to develop more urban infrastructure, and they’ll need collaborative action from government leaders, urban planners, and private investors […]

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July 23, 2019

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) Releases its 2019 State of the Sector Report

As one of the latest initiatives being incubated at GDI , the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) convenes 12 of the world’s leading agricultural small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) lenders to share learning, identify best practices, and develop industry standards. CSAF members seek to create a thriving, sustainable, and transparent market to serve the […]

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June 13, 2019

GDI is growing: See where we’ve been & where we’re headed in our 2018 Annual Report

Did you know GDI has over 25 active initiatives? And five global offices? What about the fact that our incubated initiatives have mobilized nearly $750 million for driving sector-wide change in their issue areas? Looking back on 2018, our team at GDI played a major role in building initiatives that drive systems change around the […]

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May 1, 2019

The GDI-incubated Global Digital Health Index (GDHI) announces inaugural State of Digital Health report

The Global Digital Health Index (GDHI) released its inaugural State of Digital Health report, which provides the first-ever snapshot of digital health ecosystems throughout the world and lays the foundation for better informed and more coordinated investments in digital health. The GDHI, which officially launched in 2018, was designed by GDI, HealthEnabled, Dalberg’s Design Impact […]

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April 2, 2019

GDI welcomes the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) and Aceli Africa

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) has officially transitioned to the Global Development Incubator (GDI). Founded in 2012, CSAF is an alliance of 12 leading impact lenders that promotes industry standards and best practices for lending to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture sector globally. CSAF members include AgDevCo, Alterfin, Global Partnerships, […]

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March 5, 2019

Celebrate World Wildlife Day with underwater VR films from our friends at The Hydrous

The 2019 World Wildlife Day, celebrated last Sunday, had an ocean-focused theme: “Life below water: for people and planet.” Closely aligning with SDG 14, this theme aimed “to raise awareness about the breathtaking diversity of marine life, the crucial importance of marine species to human development, and how we can make sure it will continue […]

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February 6, 2019

Solving youth unemployment requires youth voice

By Tilly Josephson and Christine Dickason This is not just a statewide issue, but a global issue. If we all come together and strategize and plan, then we can tackle this together. -Sharell, youth delegate We often talk about youth representing our world’s future. But, too often, when discussing challenges facing young people, we exclude […]

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