We’re in big trouble if complicated, expensive schemes like these are what it takes to get big funders to fund for impact.
Bridge International Academies has entered into an agreement with the Liberian government to manage 50 government primary schools for one year. It is a pilot program that, if it produces excellent results, could conceivably scale up to cover the entire country.
Six ways to do more with less.
Even in the world of poverty and development, seduction sometimes works out OK.
Growth and scale aren't the same thing. Here's what you need to know if you're serious about getting to scale.
A simple way to think about investment and design
There have been many thoughtful responses to our original post about GiveDirectly and unconditional cash transfers. We gave this particular hornet's nest a poke in the first place, and so we owe a response to the helpful points raised.
GiveDirectly is the current flavor of the month, and every couple of days someone asks us what we think of it. For those of you behind on your news feed, GiveDirectly does unconditional cash transfers -- it sends money via mobile payment straight to the poorest people in Kenyan villages.
I thoroughly enjoyed the intellectual bar fight between Charity Navigator and fans of GiveWell over a recent SSIR blog post. A few years ago, GiveWell posted a no-holds-barred critique of Charity Navigator, and after suitable time to sharpen the knives, Charity Navigator roared back, slamming GiveWell's approach to philanthropy as "defective altruism."
Accelerators risk accelerating an impact story instead of real impact.
There needs to be more scrutiny around the use of the LifeStraw water filter and more debate about the validity of its carbon for water deal.
Unrestricted money makes an organization work smoothly, enables innovation, and provides fuel for growth.
Carbon for Water is engaged in a loopy funding scheme and offers a lousy public health solution.