Despite the billions of dollars that have been invested in the development sector, India still has a long way to go to raise health, education and nutrition indicators to reasonable levels. Being home to nearly a fifth of the world’s population, India needs solutions that have the potential to reach millions. The consensus that funders and social purpose organizations (SPOs) have agreed on is this: in order to impact more lives, there is a need to not only invest in programmes but also in the institutions that deliver them.
Institution building is perhaps the least understood aspect of what it takes to impact lives at scale. While technical excellence is crucial, scaling requires investments in people, processes and systems that stretch far beyond programmes themselves. Unfortunately, there are insufficient funder-fundee conversations on this subject to encourage meaningful engagement.
- Examined the role of ‘capacity building’ across the growth stages of SPOs
- Provided actionable guidance for SPOs to maximise value from capacity building investments, and for funders to provide greater and better-informed support for institution building
- Shared insights from Quest Alliance’s institution building inflexion points, and how these landmarks allowed it to achieve impact at scale.