What is blended finance? Convergence CEO Joan Larrea admits she didn’t always know, and many others don’t either. When I meet counterparts from development banks, philanthropic institutions, and the private sector, I find there’s still confusion about what exactly blended finance is. Where does it fit in the landscape of impact investing? How does it […]
The number of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) in the social impact space has increased dramatically over the past few decades. Known by many names—including coalitions, public-private partnerships, and alliances—these types of organizations naturally appeal to those seeking transformative change. They offer a powerful model to solve increasingly complex global development problems, particularly because they bring together […]
Building on our report “More than the Sum of Its Parts: Making MSIs Work,” GDI urges funders and founders to remember the question of “whether” is just as important as “how” when thinking about launching a multi-stakeholder initiative for social impact. Click the link below to read the full article. Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review […]
“Private investors do not typically fund the construction of rural roads in Africa, say, or vaccination drives in villages, even though the returns on such investments are often enormous. That is because the returns are either hard to monetise, or the risks are too great for the private sector to tolerate. The point of blended […]
Tendrel, a new global professional association for entrepreneurs committed to social impact, launched this week at the Skoll World Forum. GDI has incubated Tendrel since fall 2015, providing strategic expertise, helping build core operational infrastructure, and formulating the organization’s initial branding, positioning, and communications strategy. A a member-driven organization, Tendrel gathers entrepreneurs in local peer groups, or […]
GDI was proud to host the inaugural FIGH forum alongside Convergence from April 13-15, 2016. Financing and Innovation in Global Health (FIGH) is an independent initiative that aims to spark the deployment of blended finance, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology to drive effective and transformative global health investment to address the world’s most complex global health […]
Nonprofits each play a specific role in the overall solution to a social problem. To scale impact, they must define and pursue one of six “endgames”. Learn more about these endgames in our piece for SSIR.