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February 2, 2022

A New Paradigm for People on the Move

Authored by Jason Wendle, Director, GDI Despite growing recognition that current migration paradigms are not fit for the moment, people on the move are still widely categorized – by our laws, our narratives, and our leaders – as either threats, who endanger our jobs and security, or burdens, who will cost a lot to maintain.  […]

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January 26, 2022

Localizing Development: Why Haven’t We Made More Progress?

Authored by Mallika Kirti and Elizabeth VanDerWoude This post is part of a series of articles where we will explore the landscape, challenges, and potential solutions to support localizing development. We will also be exploring bright spots, and creative ways our colleagues are moving development and international relief closer to the communities they impact. This […]

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November 22, 2021

Localizing Development: Our Process to Select Language

Authored by Stuart Symington and Elizabeth VanDerWoude This post is part of a series of articles where we will explore the landscape, challenges, and potential solutions to support localizing development. We will also be exploring bright spots, and creative ways our colleagues are moving development and international relief closer to the communities they impact. This […]

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Localizing Development: Too Little Progress, Too Slowly

Authored by Mallika Kirti and Elizabeth VanDerWoude Research support by Alexandra Greig-Duarte This post is the first in a series of articles where we will explore the landscape, challenges, and potential solutions to support localizing development. We will also be exploring bright spots, and creative ways our colleagues are moving development and international relief closer […]

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November 10, 2021

Strategic IT for Social Impact Leaders

GDI staff are not experts in Information Technology (IT), but we do support many new organizations as they think through IT platforms and approaches for their organization. Early-stage organizations often require a balancing act between financial investment, data protection, and customization for the organization’s unique needs. Some of the organizations we’ve incubated require highly specialized […]

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October 12, 2021

Non-Profit Accounting for Social Impact Leaders

In GDI’s experience incubating initiatives, a working understanding of non-profit finance, accounting and operations are tools in a successful toolkit for early-stage organization leaders.  However, these entrepreneurs, board members, and senior leaders are rarely subject area experts in these fields, and digestible descriptions of the most relevant content are difficult to find.  To support our […]

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October 7, 2021

Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN) Learning Report

The Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN) is the first global initiative to catalyze systems shifts for youth in communities around the world through the creation of sustainable training, employment, and income-earning pathways building on place-based solutions. Working with Anchor Partners situated in communities around the world, GOYN strives to create economic mobility for “Opportunity Youth”—young […]

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July 2, 2021

Voice of Invisible Citizens Report II: One Year of COVID-19 and Shift in Migration Patterns

“Voices of the Invisible Citizens II” is a result of conversations with over 2300 workers throughout the past year to understand the challenges that continue to impact migrant families in India. A follow-up to the April 2020 “Voices of the Invisible Citizens” report, this research was produced by the Migrants Resilience Collaborative (MRC), a grassroots-led multi-stakeholder […]

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May 18, 2021

Strengthening Early Childhood Development (ECD) Delivery in Kenyan Counties

The early years in a child’s life, from 0 to 5 years (in Kenya that is 6.7 million or 14% of the population), are the most important time for supporting holistic development and preparing the child for future success in life. It is therefore important to allocate resources to support the health and learning of […]

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April 22, 2021

Emergent Launches LEAF Coalition to Protect Tropical Forests

On this Earth Day, GDI-incubated Emergent and its partners launched the largest forest-focused public-private coalition in history to guarantee $1 billion in demand for carbon credits to protect the world’s tropical forests. Amazon, Nestlé, Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and Salesforce are among the companies supporting the new initiative, known as the LEAF Coalition. Learn more about the […]

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