Next week, a broad group of attendees from more than 30 organizations focusing on development will gather in Berlin for a meeting of the Global Delivery Initiative. The Global Delivery Initiative is a collaboration between international development institutions, practitioners, implementing agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions and the private sector. It aims to forge a new frontier in development efforts worldwide: improving the outcomes for clients and beneficiaries by leveraging the delivery know-how.
The organizations represented in Berlin include hosts GIZ, The World Bank Group, DFID, USAID, ODI, AFD, Harvard University, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College. The initiative’s goal is to bring together the existing, but fragmented, knowledge of what works in international development—why and most importantly how—and to support practitioners in using these insights to deliver consistent results on the ground. By connecting perspectives, people and organizations across sectors and regions, the initiative supports the co-creation of an evidence base of delivery know-how: a science of delivery for development.
This effort is needed because while development organizations and governments deploy substantial resources and sophisticated technical solutions, interventions don’t always have the intended impacts on people’s lives. Whether supporting a health reform or building public infrastructure, the international development community must be able to achieve transformational impacts—kids learning, people getting healthier—in a more consistent and timely manner. Getting to this next level of impact requires better integration of the right technical “what” with the right delivery “how.”
We know that practitioners from a wide variety of organizations, working in a wide variety of contexts, have the expertise, the experience, and the knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of development. What we need is to bring their insights together in a systematic way. Building on the wealth of experience of its partners, the initiative will unlock the potential of this cumulative delivery know-how. With ready access to these insights, practitioners everywhere can make better-informed decisions systematically, every time and in every country.