Book Talk: Scaling Up Development Impact

This webinar was originally held under by the Center for Global Development (CGD). The view the original post click here.   Today, nearly one billion people lack electricity, more than three billion lack clean water, and 750 million lack basic literacy skills. Many of these challenges could be solved with existing solutions, and technology allows us to reach the last [...]

Transitioning from Implementer to TA Provider: The Tensions and Benefits of a Necessary Approach to Scale-up through Public Sector Institutions

By Meghan Cutherell, Sr. Technical Program Manager; Seyoum Atlie, RISE Project Director; Dr. Rahel Demissew, SRH Director; at Population Services International (PSI), Ethiopia. Introduction It is imperative that the development community move beyond boutique, unscalable program designs towards sustainable scale-up of promising interventions, particularly through the public sector. However, pursuing sustainable scale through the public sector often puts organizations at […]

Reflections on The Messy Middle of Scaling Education Innovations

By Fares Georges Khalil, HundrED The process of scaling up education innovations is of increasing importance to both practitioners and researchers who are interested in education transformation. Without scale, it would be difficult to achieve the SDG 4 goals related to attaining inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. To this end, promising education initiatives […]

Scaling Actions that Link Smallholder Food Production and Value Chains

By Feed the Future Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab, Smallholder farmers, typically characterized by limited resources and production capacities, play a significant role in global food production. However, smallholder farmers in low-income countries face particular challenges that include low productivity, limited access to markets, and disproportionate vulnerability to climate change. There is a critical need to ensure that […]

Webinar on Innovative financing approaches for the middle phase of scaling

Resourcing the scaling process is one of the most challenging aspects of scaling up effective education models. This webinar will highlight three examples from the Center for Universal Education’s Real-time Scaling Labs of how innovative partnerships and financing mechanisms were used to provide dependable resources for the middle phase of scaling. This session will start with a brief overview of the role [...]

Revisiting Nigeria: A Snapshot of the AflasafeTM Market and its Unrealized Potential

According to a 2020 study, aflatoxin contamination levels in maize in Nigeria can be as high as 85.9%, depending on the region. Executive Summary More than 4.5 billion people in developing countries are exposed to aflatoxins, one of the world’s most carcinogenic substances, through their diets. Produced by a group of molds called Aspergillus fungi, aflatoxins often contaminate groundnuts and [...]

To reach the Sustainable Development Goals and global climate goals we have to scale up the impact of investments

By Erik Engberg and Johannes F. Linn Reposted from To reach the Sustainable Development Goals and global climate goals we have to scale up the impact of investments, Financing the UN Development System: Choices in Uncertain Times 2023 Introduction The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed upon unanimously in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are due [...]

Localisation and scaling: Two movements and a nexus

By Larry Cooley and Johannes F. Linn Reposted from Localisation and scaling: Two movements and a nexus {{ vc_btn: title=View+PDF+Here&color=info&align=right& }} Introduction ‘Localisation’ and ‘scale’ – two of the most dominant themes in recent development debates – are born of separate but related frustrations with the legacy and architecture of international development. In localisation’s case, this frustration begins with a [...]

A concerted push to achieve the SDGs needs a practical scaling approach

By Erik Engberg and Johannes F. Linn Reposted from A concerted push to achieve the SDGs needs a practical scaling approach, 10/5/2023, To achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs), we need a concerted push to scale In their recent opinion piece, Shameran Abed and Esther Duflo argue that “[e]xtreme poverty cannot be eradicated by relying on piecemeal development programming limited [...]

Intermediation in the replication of RUDI

Introduction  In 2004, SEWA in Gujarat established the Rural Urban Distribution Initiative (RUDI), one of its most successful enterprises. RUDI integrates the agricultural value chain, connecting local producers with local consumers to generate employment opportunities for women and retain wealth within rural communities. Women process agricultural raw materials at processing centres (PCs) to make pulses and spices, which other women [...]

The Broken Part of the Business Model in Taking Development Outcomes to Scale

It’s as if someone suddenly flipped a switch. Discussions about scale and scaling, previously considered esoteric topics, now appear in almost every conversation about ending poverty, saving lives, or protecting the planet. Whether focused on social enterprise or governmental action, social investment or fortunes at the base of the pyramid, these conversations acknowledge the need to confront explicitly the obstacles [...]

Webinar on Scaling Mainstreaming Guinea Global Fund Program

This webinar reflects on how the Global Fund and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are investing in national government actors in Guinea to achieve shared scaling goals. The webinar features an introduction to the High Performing Implementers (HPI) Initiative as an example of how CRS and the Global Fund are investing in national actors to achieve scaling goals. This is followed [...]

Scaling Up Through Aid-The Real Challenge

Summary At the Gleneagles Summit in 2005, leaders of the G8 group of nations committed to increase aid to poor nations by $50 billion per year. During the same year, in a meeting in Paris, donors promised to coordinate their interventions for more effective delivery. Th ese commitments are now often referred to as the promise of donors to “scale […]

System-level scaling lessons from the Real-time Scaling Labs

Too often, the complex multistakeholder work of scaling is not captured by typical monitoring and evaluation or research studies, and lessons learned are not systematically documented. In response, in 2018 the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings launched a series of Real-time Scaling Labs (RTSL) to generate more evidence and provide practical recommendations on how to expand, deepen, and […]

Scaling up in the justice sector. Achieving SDG 16.3: equal access to justice for all

Each year an estimated 750 million people have a justice problem that they are unable to solve (1.5 billion people  over 2 years). The Task Force on Justice and the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law have pointed out that if SDG’s promise of ‘equal access to justice for all’ is to be achieved, low-cost models able to respond to […]

Ahlan Simsim Scaling Journey Takeaways – the perspective of the originating organization

In 2018, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Sesame Workshop came together to support children’s healthy development by pairing mass media resources with service provision through the Ahlan Simsim initiative. Ahlan Simsim aims to ensure that children ages 0 to 8 affected by conflict and crisis in the MENA region are supported by cost effective, adaptable, and contextualized early childhood […]

Use of evidence and measurement in institutionalising gender interventions through government pathways

This webinar, co-hosted with Breakthrough India, focuses on the experience and lessons on scaling gender norm shift interventions through the Ministry of Education in Odisha and Punjab in India. Breakthrough is a non-profit organisation that works to address gender inequality and violence against women in India. Its innovation is Taaron ki Toli, or Group of Stars, a school-based programme for [...]

Scaling built into delivery models

This webinar focuses on the experience and lessons learned in mainstreaming scaling from HarvestPlus. The HarvestPlus program works across CGIAR as part of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). HarvestPlus fights hunger worldwide by scaling new, climate smart, high yielding, competitive varieties of staple crops that are nutrient enriched, making food systems more nutritious and inclusive. The session focuses on how HarvestPlus [...]

Mainstreaming Scaling in Funder Organizations

GIZ (the German Agency for Development Cooperation) has long been focused on supporting scaling the impact of development programs in partner countries through its funding and technical assistance. In 2016 GIZ developed a guidance document for scaling, and published a brochure with case studies in 2018. During 2022, GIZ commissioned a review of its approach to scaling. The webinar will [...]

Scaling innovations to accelerate progress towards development and climate goals

The full article was originally posted on the OECD Development Matters site. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C necessitates radical, quick and large-scale transformations, as echoed throughout the IPCC’s 1.5°C Special Report. The same is true for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. To achieve these transformations, we need disruptive, context-fitting, technological and social innovation, and to create incentives to ensure [...]

Scaling up the impact of development and climate interventions

Introduction Over the last 50 years there have been a variety of successful efforts to scale up development interventions to a national, regional and even global level. Among public sector-driven initiatives, China stands out for its systematic scaling approach (eg the Loess Plateau Watershed Rehabilitation Project), as does India with its large-scale rural development and health programmes, and Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades [...]

Fracture points in scaling sustainable development

The case of “evergreening” and carbon restoration The reckoning in 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goals is just around the corner, and once again the mid-term monitoring is a cause for concern. The recently published Sustainable Development Report 2022 comments on slow and steady progress until 2019, followed the previous report by two years without discernable improvement. The dashboards show [...]

Evidence Action’s Dispenser for Safe Water doubles in size

“Water treatment is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve child survival.” - Nobel Laureate Micheal Kremer For many years, Evidence Action’s Dispensers for Safe Water (DSW) program has provided over 4 million people in rural Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi with free and reliable access to safe drinking water. Thanks to a remarkable new investment – recommended by GiveWell [...]

How to help them help themselves

Pumpkin Plus Move4Million by combating extreme poverty, hunger & climate change Background Bangladesh has an estimated 1723 square kilometers of newly accreted lands, locally known as char land along the banks of Brahmaputra / Teesta River system in the North and along the southern coastal districts of the country. These transitional char lands in the inland river systems are composed [...]

Scaling and Systems Change Have to Go Hand-in-hand

The relationship between scaling and systems change has been much debated within the scaling literature over the last few years. Those who focus on systems change, have argued that most scaling efforts are flawed because they ignore or underappreciate the role of systems. Too often they narrowly consider only how to increase the number of adopters or users of a [...]

The Best Internet Tools For Distance Learning

This blog was initially posted on Broadband Search. With the current crisis keeping most people around the world inside their homes except for the essentials, people have needed to readjust their routines regularly, whether that means work, communication with loved ones, or other things entirely. And few people have been hit as hard as students, whether they are in kindergarten [...]

Evaluation approaches to scaling – application and lessons

This blog was initially posted on the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). Read the full blog post here.

Evaluation for impact at scale – a need for interventions along the pathway

This blog was initially published on the International Initiative for Impact Education (3ie). Read the full blog post here.

Hardwiring the scaling-up habit in donor organizations

Reposted from Hardwiring the scaling-up habit in donor organizations, 12/16/2021, Editor’s note:This blog is based on a presentation on mainstreaming scaling in donor organizations at the Workshop of the Community of Practice, November 2021. If the international community is to meet global development and climate challenges, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement climate targets, everyone involved […]

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