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Posted by: FSG on 3/2/2015

By Ahmed Irfan and Johan Thuard

Social enterprise or market-based solutions –businesses that engage the poor either as customers or suppliers - have been among the most exciting trends in the development space. Yet, a recent study of 439 market-based solutions in Africa found that a mere 13% of them had achieved significant scale (Monitor Group, From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing). What can and should we be doing to help these innovative models achieve scale? What more could funders, government and impact investors be doing and what is holding them back? These were the questions at the heart of a recent panel discussion in Mumbai, co-hosted by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and FSG.

Posted by: FSG on 3/17/2014

By Tony Pipa, USAID

The landscape of international development, and the architecture of aid that has traditionally underpinned it, have shifted significantly over the last decade. In 2012, official development assistance (ODA) from members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD comprised less than 10 percent of the international resource flows into developing countries. Development has become an enterprise dependent not on aid, but a conception of partnership involving a multitude of other actors – civil society, faith-based organizations, private philanthropy, the private sector, emerging economies, and the political leadership and commitment of developing countries themselves – that will be the focus of the forthcoming High-Level Meeting in Mexico City of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in April, highlighting progress since commitments made in Busan. The “how” of development is no longer just about aid effectiveness – it encompasses all actors with a stake in its success.

Posted by: FSG on 1/24/2014

by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children

The rise of partnerships between INGOs and corporations is now an established phenomenon.  It’s common knowledge that promoting relationships between business and development and relief organizations holds extraordinary value for the world’s poorest families.  But when do these mash-ups really work and when are they just a lot of time and money spent with little actual value for beneficiaries? 

Posted by: FSG on 6/24/2013

By Laura Herman and Amanda Goldberger


What does the future hold for coastal communities reliant on a strong marine ecosystem for income and nutrition? Will living standards rise, as the benefits from a growing demand for sustainably harvested fish strengthen the well-being of fishers and their families? Or will these populations become increasingly vulnerable and marginalized due to unsustainable practices that lead us to deplete vital resources and degrade the marine environment on which fish-dependent communities rely? FSG’s recent report on Securing the Livelihoods and Nutritional Needs of Fish-Dependent Communities, developed in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, investigated these questions and how the world might respond differently.

Posted by: FSG on 4/30/2013

This post by Katherine Errecart shares learning and reflection from the recent workshop for backbone organization leaders of mature collective impact initiatives.

Read How to Explain Collective Impact to Your Mom on the Collective Impact blog.

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