News & Ideas

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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September 19, 2017

GDI and HealthEnabled announce the Global Digital Health Index

A global group of leaders announced today the Global Digital Health Index (GDHI), an interactive digital resource that will track, monitor, and evaluate the use of digital technology for health throughout the world. The GDHI aims to make global health systems more transparent, responsive, and better able to meet the needs of the population by […]

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August 24, 2017

GDI’s multistakeholder study featured by the Intersector Project

As an organization that tries to push boundaries of global development and create system-wide change, it’s always gratifying to see the continued impact of our work. This week, we’re pleased to see our 2015 study “More than the Sum of Its Parts: Making Multistakeholder Iniaitives Work” featured in the Intersector Project’s Resource Library for Cross-sector […]

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July 25, 2017

Betsy Williams recognized by H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for work in Liberia

GDI is pleased to share that Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams received National Honors from H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during Liberia’s Independence Day celebrations today. Betsy has worked closely with GDI for several years in her roles as  the co-founder of the President’s Young Professionals Program of Liberia (PYPP), and the founder and executive director of […]

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July 11, 2017

Resolution on Climate Change

As the United States steps back from a leadership role in addressing climate change, it is incumbent upon organizations of all kinds to step up and play a bigger role. At GDI, we were deeply disappointed to see the US withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, but heartened by the vociferous response from city mayors, […]

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June 28, 2017

2 minutes on boosting smallholder farmer productivity

See Matt Shakovsky from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance discuss how ISF partners are working to bridge the $200 billion deficit of financing for smallholder farmers.

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June 13, 2017

citiesRISE featured at Smart Cities NYC ’17

GDI-incubated mental health initiative citiesRISE was featured on a panel at Smart Cities NYC ’17. Moitreyee Sinha, CEO of citiesRISE and former GDI director, joined several health experts on stage to address the intersection of mental health and urban spaces. The panel discussed the root causes that stand in the way of healthy communities and highlighted new […]

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May 24, 2017

When and How to Shut Down a Partnership

In our landmark report, we explored whether and how to launch multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs)—often called partnerships, alliances, and other names—to address global challenges. Numerous funders we interviewed raised a question that was out of the scope of our study, yet is critical in our resource-constrained global development sector: When and how should a multi-stakeholder initiative shut […]

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