MSI Leading Critical Thinking on Scaling Up for Development

MSI is at the forefront of the conversation on helping to scale up successful development approaches, which could help to provide health care and education, for instance, on a wider scale across the globe. 

Larry Cooley, President Emeritus of MSI, and Jonathan Papoulidis, Executive Advisor on Fragile States at World Vision, coauthored an article on the importance of applying a scaling up approach to confront vulnerabilities in fragile states. The piece, featured in the flagship journal for the Society for International Development, Development, builds on MSI’s widely used framework for scaling development outcomes.

“Meeting the need for widespread, tangible and sustainable progress in fragile states is the standard by which our generation of development actors should be judged”, Cooley writes. To read the full article, click here.

Cooley and Papoulidis cite a number of examples to support the view that scaling-up approaches provide a valuable foundation for changing the piecemeal, one-off, and often non-strategic character of aid programs in fragile states.

MSI also recently convened representatives from 55 organizations – official donors, foundations, think tanks and NGOs – for the third annual convening of the Global Community of Practice on Scaling Up Development Outcomes. The session included presentation of new tools for scalability assessment; agreement on guidelines for monitoring and evaluation of scaling; tools for scaling through commercial pathways; a new framework for scaling in fragile states; and shared insights from experience scaling outcomes in education, health and agriculture.  At the conclusion of the event, Larry Cooley, who serves with Johannes Linn as curator of the Community of Practice observed, “it was quite extraordinary to see how far these discussions have progressed in three years”.  

Click here for additional information on MSI’s scaling up approach.


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