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BlogPersuading people to do things differently, with a helping hand from behavioural science

Persuading people to do things differently, with a helping hand from behavioural science

16th January 2020
GIF is delighted to partner with ideas42, a non-profit at the forefront of behavioural science to change lives. In a guest blog post, ideas42 Associate Cecilia Shang makes the case for cities to build behavioural innovations directly into their programs and their budgets, reflecting on the CityNudge Accelerator initiative – which aims to help cities […]
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BlogScaling up dispensers for safe water to reach millions of people

Scaling up dispensers for safe water to reach millions of people

8th November 2019
Continuing with our series of blogs to mark the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, awarded to founding GIF Board members: Michael Kremer and Esther Duflo (who share the prize with Abhijit Banerjee), GIF Investment Director Lalit Kumar reflects on his time as Evidence Action’s Regional Director for Africa and a program that scaled up […]
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BlogRandomised controlled trials and their critical role at GIF

Randomised controlled trials and their critical role at GIF

21st October 2019
This month we are publishing a series of blogs to mark the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences – awarded to Michael Kremer and Esther Duflo (founding Board members of GIF), who share the prize with Abhijit Banerjee. The economists have used randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to determine how best to lift people out […]
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BlogFounding Board members of GIF recognised with Nobel in economics

Founding Board members of GIF recognised with Nobel in economics

16th October 2019
This week the Nobel’s Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. Here, our CEO, Dr Alix Peterson Zwane, reflects on the deep influence of Michael and Esther on the Global Innovation Fund. Earlier this week it was an […]
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BlogCombining investment money with grants: how does GIF use blended finance?

Combining investment money with grants: how does GIF use blended finance?

7th August 2019
By Amélie Baudot, General Counsel and Company Secretary Blended finance has been successful in large and, often very costly, transactions (an OECD report that used Convergence data stated the median blended finance deal is $56 million, and only 3% of deals are below $5 million) but it’s also a great tool for smaller investments. With […]
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BlogAttending the Evidence to Action Conference

Attending the Evidence to Action Conference

9th July 2019
By Joseph Ssentongo Over half of GIF’s portfolio of innovations (25/40) are based on the African continent totalling $44m worth of grants and risk capital investments. We have partnered with these organisations whilst placing evidence at the core of our model, aligning on vision of success and ensuring there is key additionality to our funds.  […]
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