Ideas & Insights The Broken Part of the Business Model in Taking Developme...

The Broken Part of the Business Model in Taking Development Outcomes to Scale

Working Paper

A link to the full paper is here.

By Larry Cooley and Isabel Guerrero

August 12, 2016

Isabel Guerrero and Larry Cooley spent decades understanding the obstacles that social innovations face as they attempt to reach scale. In this working paper, they describe how many innovative solutions at the grassroots to tackle poverty rarely scale, partly due to a lack of capacity to perform intermediation functions (such as strategic planning, impact evaluations, convening and coordinating stakeholders, change management, etc.). Intermediation often proves to be the clutch that connects innovations at the grassroots to scale.