Driven by a convergence of interests, interlocking skills and growing recognition of mutual benefits, the development community, the private sector and governments are coming together in new ways. They are breaking down long-time barriers between the sectors to deliver more sustainable and scalable impact. Coupled with innovations in digital technology and delivery models, agile structures and approaches are replacing old log frame models to address global challenges—from climate change to migration.
Disruption and teaming are the new normal as the role of aid and the architecture of international development change. Development organizations are rethinking how they work to drive sustainable impact at scale—from exploring market-based approaches and partnerships to evolving business and operating models to generate new funding, create operational efficiencies, and sustain impact. Business is approaching issues once deemed “social” as highly strategic. Donors want assurances around value for their money. And digital-savvy start-ups are creating more competition for outside funding.