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March 30, 2023

New Brief: Ending the Economic Exclusion of People on the Move

The movement of people will be a defining issue of the 21st century but has largely been treated as “niche” by the global development community. Over a billion people are either living or want to live across international borders in search of a better life, spurred by unprecedented demographic factors in addition to usual causes […]

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March 29, 2023

Partnering, Mobilizing, Connecting: GOYN’s Approach to Youth Engagement

GDI-incubated Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN) recently published their second instalment of their ‘The Future is Young’ Learning Series, introducing their innovative approach to youth engagement. Their series seeks to lift up emerging practices and evidence around how community Collaboratives can deliver tangible economic opportunities for youth. GOYN’s vision is that Global Opportunity Youth have […]

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December 19, 2022

GDI’s 2022 Year in Review

GDI is coming up on its eighth year since our founding in 2014. We continue to be guided by our core values: we stand on integrity; we follow our curiosity; we’re doers, not talkers; we embrace taking risks; and we see strength in diversity.   This year, we’ve made big pushes in new areas that we […]

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December 8, 2022

Migrants Resilience Collaborative Report: Internal Migration in Asia

Through conversations with over 300 internal migrants, GDI strategic partner Migrants Resilience Collaborative published a comparative study exploring key drivers of migration, climate-induced migration, impact of COVID-19, labor laws, and social security measures in six Asian countries. At the beginning of the first wave of Covid-19 in 2020, countries across the world announced lockdowns of […]

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November 14, 2022

GDI’s Efforts to Localize Development

Over the last year, we’ve explored how GDI can help accelerate the field to localize development, unpacking the supply and demand barriers and outlining a series of interventions. We’re excited about the prospects of the efforts we are launching, most notably and immediately our Shared Services platform for domestically registered organizations. At the same time, […]

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November 8, 2022

Discovery Case Study: Market Incentives for Off-Grid Renewable Energy

GDI’s incubation model follows four stages: Discover, Design, Build, and Exit. The following case study demonstrates the process of shaping an early stage Discovery effort from a broad idea into a defined, actionable strategy. It also illustrates how GDI explores adapting innovations from one initiative to apply to other areas and sectors; in this case, […]

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September 20, 2022

Guidance for Non-Profit Board Management – Part 2: Auditing

Audit Committee Purpose The Audit Committee’s primary role is to oversee the audit process, including identifying the scope of the audit, selecting the auditor, considering concerns reported by the auditor (1), recommending board approval of the audit, and reviewing and approving corrective action plans. Best practice requires the board to have an active role in […]

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August 29, 2022

Guidance for Non-Profit Board Management – Part 1: Finance

An essential element for the success of a new non-profit organization is effective board oversight and engagement. In GDI’s experience, one of the more challenging areas for new non-profit boards is understanding the most effective ways to provide appropriate financial oversight. Every strong board includes board members with a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. […]

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April 27, 2022

Insights on the role of Technical and Vocational Education & Training in supporting youth livelihoods

GDI and the Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN) partnered with the African Union and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) to share insights on the role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in supporting youth livelihoods in African economies. Guidelines for Fostering Entrepreneurship through the TVET sector Entrepreneurship is a critical driver of […]

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March 30, 2022

Localizing Development: Identifying Barriers, Solutions, and Opportunities

When we began our exploration of localizing development we started with a hypothesis: There are structural barriers that are limiting both donors and recipients from making real progress on localizing development funding. Identifying those barriers, and addressing them with practical solutions, has the potential to unlock significant growth.   We began digging into this hypothesis and, […]

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