Scaling Up Social Innovation

Innovation is more than a good idea—it’s a patient process of iteration, learning, evaluation, implementation, and, importantly, scaling up what works.

The past few decades have witnessed dramatic gains in attention to global development and investments in finding strategies that can be shown to work. Many of the most creative advancements have come from frugal innovations that grew out of resource-limited settings; necessity motivating creativity in the face of extreme constraints to life, livelihood, and survival.

Now, with a new generation of increasing, complex, and intertwined challenges, ranging from climate change to urbanization,...

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