Stanford Social Innovation Review | August 2017
Funders are increasingly interested in applying the principles of collective impact—a structured, cross-sector approach to solving complex social problems—to collaborations across national borders.
This article examines successful transnational initiatives addressing a range of issues, from fishery sustainability in Mexico to social mobility in Israel, and shares 2 considerations for other global funders interested in applying the collective impact approach to their work.
Identify local organizations interested in championing collective impact ideas and providing backbone support in advance of launching a new initiative.
Be aware of power dynamics that could detract from the more equitable approach that collective impact embraces.
Build relationships with government officials and develop a clear understanding of the role governments play in each country involved in a collective impact effort.