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Accenture Development Partnerships research with NetHope considers the need for new models of partnering, financing and operating, to help realize the potential reach and impact of new technologies, ensuring that development programs become not only self-sustaining, but that they can be scaled and replicated in other markets.
The research—based on a survey of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector firms, foundations and government officials— highlights that while 84 percent of the NGO leaders surveyed believe that partnering with the private sector for technology programs is extremely valuable, only 50 percent of the respondents reported having actually partnered with a local or international private sector company.
The research also suggests that organizations should look, at the outset, at reasonable screening criteria to understand which technology programs have the potential to be scaled. The planning initiative should not only outline the strategy for developing and scaling the program, but also highlight the possible outcomes before fully committing funds. With this approach, scarce resources are preserved and can be targeted toward the programs that have greater chances of success.
This chapter is the last in a series of reports that looks at the different ways technology is being deployed in the developing world to achieve development impact.
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February 10, 2014
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