Billions of dollars are poised to flow into development impact bonds (DIBs) as a mechanism for solving social challenges around the world. Now is the time to make sure these complex structures are grounded in sensible approaches to measuring impact.
Kate Lauzon found sobriety and a role as an activist through her Massachusetts city's weekly resident feedback sessions, a gathering of civic groups known as “Working Cities Wednesdays” organized by Habitat for Humanity. Part of a series produced for SSIR with the support of the Hewlett Foundation.
Global aid agencies must shift from just agreeing to “go local” to preparing development experts for the task.
Funders and others can better support the involvement of those who use social services in service design and implementation. And by doing so, they can generate more meaningful, systems-level impact.
Culture is born of values, and civil society is where people live values most urgently. Amid growing social isolation in the United States, a new set of values is emerging around community, healing, and belonging, and they will likely define an era.