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.