What can aid agencies learn from social franchising?

Posted By on August 1, 2012 9:51 am

This post by Kate Wareing ICSF Partner and Strategy Development Director for Oxfam first appeared on Oxfam’s Poverty to Power blog written and edited by Duncan Green and the World Bank’s blog. 

Too many of the people reading this blog will have experienced the familiar trajectory of a development project: prove the need, find the funding, define your outputs, deliver against your targets and either find more funding to carry on, or regretfully exit.

There is a fundamental mismatch between what I take to be the objective of development projects (sustainable, transformational change at scale) and a funding environment and model of project design based on a time bound, linear, output driven delivery model. So what lessons are there from elsewhere to help us move beyond this hamster wheel?

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