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September 7, 2023

GDI Profiles: Curious People and Human-Centered Approaches to Social Impact

Our GDI team brings together diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives with different ways of thinking to create better outcomes within social impact. As a part of this series, we will share how folks on our team use their functional experience, ranging from consulting to engineering, medicine, psychology, and more, to support impact at GDI. We […]

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August 17, 2023

Rural Youth at Work: A Place Based Approach to Connect Young India to Economic Opportunity

Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN) is a multi-stakeholder partnership committed to catalysing place-based systems shifts in communities — cities and rural districts — around the world through the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for “Opportunity Youth,” (OY) aged 15-29 who are out of school, unemployed or underemployed. Created in 2018, GOYN’s current network comprises eleven communities […]

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August 9, 2023

Aceli Africa Year 2 Learning Report: Unlocking Private Capital for African Agriculture

Aceli Africa is a market catalyst mobilizing private capital for small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture sector. Aceli offers financial incentives for commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions, and international social lenders so they can overcome the high risks and transaction costs of lending to agricultural SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Increased access to finance is […]

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July 17, 2023

How to Effectively Onboard New Team Members

Congratulations! You and your team have spent hours implementing your talent acquisition plan to find the ideal candidate to join your social impact organization.  Now what? It might be tempting to just hand off projects to your new hire and hit the ground running, but given the cost of recruitment and turnover, it is best […]

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June 12, 2023

What Does It Mean to Embed Kindness, Dignity, and Compassion into Systems?

GDI’s Managing Director, Chintan Maru, shares his portfolio of efforts, which tie together the themes of embedding compassion, dignity, and kindness into systems, especially for health and racial equity. Along with the macro themes, Chintan dives in on four initiatives he is currently working on including NEPI, Dignity Restoration Project, Leapfrog to Value, and Usha […]

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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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