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The Future of International NGOs


International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) are in a time of transition as they are faced with disruptions such as new development actors and high opportunity costs to pursue innovation. How are INGOs tackling these challenges in an evolving partnerships landscape? INGOs are increasingly seeing shared value as an opportunity to both address funding needs and explore new pathways to creating sustainable impact at scale.

Devex, in partnership with FSG, Global Impact and the Shared Value Initiative, is examining how the world’s largest international nongovernmental organizations are transitioning their partnership strategies from traditional corporate partnerships to more scalable initiatives. We’ll look at how these initiatives accelerate both social impact and a business return on investment, while highlighting engagement in shared value during this special series “The Future of International NGOs”. Join the conversation using #FutureINGO.


How international NGOs choose corporate partners

As partnerships have become an ever-present part of the development dialogue, international NGOs have had to build expertise and develop engagement strategies, particularly with the private sector. Here’s a look at how some of the world’s major iNGOs approach, evaluate and create partnerships.

A Deeper Look

Poor need more than $1.26 a day; collaboration critical to closing the gap

Poor need more than $1.26 a day; collaboration critical to closing the gap

The first MDG target — to halve the proportion of people living on $1.25 in 1990 — was reached five years before the deadline. But anyone who has lived on $1.26 a day will probably tell you the achievement is not cause for celebration, shares Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International.

Reimagining the INGO business model

Reimagining the INGO business model

For several decades, project-focused funding in global health and development has shaped an INGO operating model that often fails to achieve results in the most efficient and scalable manner. In this guest column, Steve Davis, PATH's president and CEO writes that a shift is necessary and possible, despite the challenges.

Partnering to unlock local market systems'

Partnering to unlock local market systems

INGOs need to develop a new role in linking local and corporate business alliances with local communities and the wider market system, writes Henning Ringholz, global market development adviser for GOAL in this guest column.

Carolyn Miles: New consensus challenging us to 'embrace previously unimaginable possibilities'

Carolyn Miles: New consensus challenging us to 'embrace previously unimaginable possibilities'

Poverty, illiteracy and hunger are seen as some of the great economic and business challenges of our time, worthy of the best minds and plans from both the business and philanthropy sectors. Save the Children's CEO Carolyn Miles shares how her organization approaches partnership and how they are engaging in new ways.

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