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Getting to Scale
How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People
"The global development community is teeming with different ideas and interventions to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. Whether these succeed in having a transformative impact depends not just on their individual brilliance but on whether they can be brought to a scale where they reach millions of poor people. Getting to Scale explores what it takes to expand the reach of development solutions beyond an individual village or pilot program, but to poor people everywhere. Each of the essays in this book documents one or more contemporary case studies, which together provide a body of evidence on how scale can be pursued. It suggests that the challenge of scaling up can be divided into two: financing interventions at scale, and managing delivery to large numbers of beneficiaries. Neither governments, donors, charities, nor corporations are usually capable of overcoming these twin challenges alone, indicating that partnerships are key to success. Scaling up is mission critical if extreme poverty is to be vanquished in our lifetime. Getting to Scale provides an invaluable resource for development practitioners, analysts, and students on a topic that remains largely unexplored and poorly understood." -- Publisher's description. Visit any developing country and you will find governments, international donors, NGOs, and corporations involved in a range of innovative activities to address the needs of the poor. Only a fraction of those that show promise at a localized level, however, will ever be replicated, expanded, and sustained to achieve a transformative impact. Learning how to expand the reach of proven interventions so that they help larger numbers of poor people - 'scaling up' - is a fundamental challenge facing the developing world. This book improves our understanding of how scaling up can be achieved and what the international community can do to support the process. Remarkably little is understood of how to design scalable projects, the impediments to reaching scale, or the most appropriate pathways for reaching that goal. To answer these questions, this book features a series of case studies drawn from both the public and private sectors to demonstrate how the scaling up of services for the world's poor can happen. By linking public and private experience, the authors argue that successful scaling up will not be achieved by either public or private sector efforts alone. Rather, it will require both public and private efforts working together. This book demonstrates that the challenges to scaling up are complex and various, but ultimately surmountable. It provides an invaluable resource for development practitioners, analysts, and students on a topic that remains largely unexplored and poorly understood.