March 1, 2018

5 Minutes with a Social Agitator – Sarika Bansal of BRIGHT Magazine on igniting productively uncomfortable conversations

In this installment of 5 Minutes with a Social Agitator, we talked to Sarika Bansal, the editor-in-chief of BRIGHT Magazine (formerly the Development Set) and founder of Honeyguide Media. Here, Sarika discusses the role of compelling, nuanced storytelling in shaping how we think about and solve global development challenges. In a nutshell, what big global […]

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A GDI Case Study: Convergence

How does GDI design and build social impact startups?  It’s a question we get a lot, so we’ve tried to answer it in a new GDI case study on Convergence. Starting with a high-level concept, GDI convened and supported a range of partners to design, build, and launch Convergence – a platform for blended finance […]

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January 10, 2018

Want Your Big Bet to Pay Off? Don’t Forget About Government Capacity

In the Chinese zodiac, 2017 was the Year of the Rooster. But in US philanthropic circles, it was the Year of the “Big Bet” and “Systems Change” Agenda, most recently with the announcement of the MacArthur Foundation’s first $100 million 100&Change Award, among other philanthropic endeavors. These efforts aim to better coordinate philanthropists and focus on […]

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January 4, 2018

Harvard Kennedy School report features GDI’s research on multi-stakeholder initiatives

Two years after publishing our landmark report, More than the Sum of its Parts: Making Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Work, we’re thrilled to see our research and insights continuing to influence how effective collective action plays out in practice – this time, in the areas of smallholder finance and climate change. A new report titled “The role […]

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January 2, 2018

Lian Zeitz of citiesRISE featured on Project Doing Good podcast

Lian Zeitz of citiesRISE recently spoke to Project Doing Good, a platform dedicated to highlighting good news in a negative media climate. In this podcast episode, Lian discusses helping develop the ethos of citiesRISE, as well as his work leading international youth activities for the organization.  

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November 20, 2017

New global philanthropic collaborative for systems change, Co-Impact, launches with support from GDI as strategic implementing partner

“Co-Impact is an innovative new model for philanthropy that has the potential to make a big difference in the lives of the world’s poorest. We’re pleased to be part of it.” -Bill and Melinda Gates, Co-Chairs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ––– We’re thrilled to share that Co-impact – a new global philanthropic collaborative that […]

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November 13, 2017

5 Minutes with a Social Agitator – Caroline Bressan of Open Road Alliance on fast, flexible contingency funding in the philanthropic sector

For the first edition of “5 minutes with a social agitator,”* we sat down with Caroline Bressan,  the Director of Social Investments at Open Road Alliance. Open Road is a private philanthropic initiative that provides grant capital to non-profits for mid-implementation projects facing an unexpected roadblock or a sudden catalytic opportunity. Let’s jump in… In a […]

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November 7, 2017

GDI incubating Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, new public-private anti-slavery initiative

GDI is pleased to announce its incubation of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS), a public-private initiative focused on sustainably ending modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable. According to recent estimates released by Alliance 8.7, an estimated 40.3 million people around the world are affected by modern slavery, a term that encompasses […]

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October 17, 2017

The 25 Most Responsible Asset Allocators – GDI and partners release new leaders list

No sensible asset allocator would willingly invest in companies that pollute the environment, exploit labor, or operate unethically. This is especially true for global sovereign wealth funds (SWF) and government pension funds (GPF) that represent a significant share of the world’s $70 trillion in institutional investor assets. Many have begun incorporating environmental, social, and governance […]

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October 14, 2017

From blockchain to blended finance: GDI and its initiatives at SOCAP

Were you at SOCAP17? GDI and its initiatives hosted five sessions this year at SOCAP, the world’s leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise: Alice Gugelev, GDI: Transforming INGO Business Models: The Role of Market-based Solutions and Impact Investing Erika Boll, GDI: How Blockchain will Change the Way We Invest for Impact Marina Kaneti, […]

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