Archive for the 'Scale-up' Category

What’s all this talk about Millennium Development Goals?

Written on September 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

In September 2000, 189 world leaders met at the United Nations and agreed on a roadmap setting out eight time-bound and measurable goals to address extreme poverty by 2015.  These goals became known as the Millennium Development Goals.

In summary, these goals are:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV-AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a Global Partnership for development

This week world leaders (and a multitude of other stakeholders) are gathering again in New York to review progress made towards …


A GlobalScale Wiki!

Written on August 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

For the past 20+ years I have worked with nonprofits, NGOs, associations and others that have had “good ideas” that have spread around the world, sometimes strategically, more often in a somewhat ad hoc fashion.  Some of these initiatives have been more successful than others, but as a sector we have not yet mastered the art (and it is an art) of “scaling up”.

What does it mean to ‘scale up’ a program?  One definition notes: “Scaling up is generally used to describe an increase in…interventions that have been tested in pilot and experimental projects in order to benefit more …


A really big dream takes its first steps to reality

Written on June 23, 2010 at 2:15 am

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia (eg. inability to breathe immediately after delivery).  A few years ago a group of pediatricians affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics developed a neonatal resuscitation program that was evidence-based, easy to teach and easy to use in resource limited areas.  So they began to dream big and envision a world where no baby would die due to its inability to breathe at birth.

But big dreams need big partnerships. Enter into discussion with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Laerdal Medical Company of …