News & Ideas

May 17, 2017

GDI study featured in new research on MSIs for sustainable development

It’s always exciting to see our ideas bear fruit, especially when they help shape the latest global development thinking. A recent study titled “Multi-stakeholder initiatives for Sustainable Development Goals: The importance of interlocutors” features GDI’s landmark research on when multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) are the right solution to a given global development challenge, and how to design […]

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April 6, 2017

Behind the scenes at GDI: Our 2016 annual report

We are excited to release GDI’s 2016 annual report. Rather than simply summarizing our work from the year, we’ve tried to pull back the curtain on how incubation and innovation at GDI actually happen. Highlights include: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of several initiatives, including Convergence, mhNOW, and the Collaborative for Scaling Social Impact […]

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March 28, 2017

GDI on building bridges, not barriers

GDI was born to build bridges, not barriers. In our daily work designing and launching social impact initiatives, we’ve seen firsthand that progress rarely happens without collaboration and empathy. More often than not, systems change requires working closely with people and groups different from us, and pushing ourselves to understand points of view and experiences […]

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February 23, 2017

Johnson & Johnson, GDI, and Dalberg share new report on reimagining the global health convening

Fundamental shifts are changing global health as we know it, requiring diverse and disruptive groups of people from across sectors to collaborate on solutions. How can a “reimagined” convening most effectively bring these groups together to drive financing and innovation in global health? A new report titled “Reimagining the Global Health Convening: What’s Next?” inspired by […]

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February 22, 2017

Emerging Public Leaders expands PYPP model beyond Liberia

The Emerging Public Leaders (EPL), incubated by GDI, seeks to build a pan-African network of 500 young leaders in public service by 2021. Drawing on the model proven successful with the President’s Young Professionals Program of Liberia, the team hopes to create a tipping point for meritocratic and effective civil service throughout the continent. The […]

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February 16, 2017

GDI joins over 400 social impact leaders in open letter to President Trump

GDI was born to build – but we, along with over 400 other social agitators who signed an open letter to President Trump, believe in building bridges, not walls. Last week, GDI Founder + CEO Andrew Stern signed the letter on behalf of GDI. The full text is below. Dear President Trump, As leaders who […]

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November 2, 2016

Visa, Dalberg, and GDI release new report, “Small Merchants, Big Opportunity”

“Small Merchants, Big Opportunity: The Forgotten Path to Financial Inclusion” – a new report commissioned by Visa and authored by Dalberg and the Global Development Incubator – explores how micro and small merchants represent both a path to financial inclusion, as well as a huge commercial opportunity for financial service providers. Drawing on conversations with […]

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September 20, 2016

mhNOW makes Commitment to Action at CGI

GDI was pleased to be joined on stage by President Bill Clinton and representatives from some of our 20 cross-sectoral partners as we made a Commitment to Action with mhNOW, an initiative to engage 30 cities by 2030 to close the mental health gap, at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Read the press release below […]

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August 10, 2016

What an ‘exit’ means at GDI: EYElliance finds new home at Tides Center

As an incubator, GDI strives to ensure our initiatives are always working toward defined endgames. For some initiatives, this journey involves ‘exiting’ GDI after 24-36 months of partnership. We believe the focus on exits makes us more accountable to our funders and partners to help build initiatives that are sustainable beyond the first three stages of our […]

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August 1, 2016

From graduates to government: success of Liberia PYPP verified in Princeton evaluation

Princeton’s Innovation for Successful Societies verified the success of the Liberia President’s Young Professionals Program in a recent report from their independent evaluation of the program. The case study tells the story of a newly-democratic country without a capable civil service. An excerpt is below: In 2005, when Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Liberia’s first democratically elected post-conflict […]

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