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Avnish Gungadurdoss, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Instiglio
Amanda Glassman, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
ABOUT THE EVENT
Results-Based Financing (RBF) is a funding modality increasingly used to enhance the effectiveness of development spending. By tying funding to pre-defined and rigorously measured outcomes, RBF focuses delivery incentives on results and improves the cost-effectiveness of programs.
Instiglio has championed the systematic expansion of RBF for social programs, notably through the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education (Educate Girls Development Impact Bond) completed in India with positive results, including 160% achievement of its learning outcome target. Instiglio continues to pioneer RBF approaches in low- and middle-income countries, helping governments and other development practitioners improve effectiveness via financing programs based on results and sustaining improvement through performance management.
In this event, Instiglio’s Co-founder and Managing Partner, Avnish Gungadurdoss, will share knowledge from Instiglio’s experience, speak to the latest trends, and generate awareness and interest in RBF mechanisms and their potential to unlock greater impact. Specifically, Avnish will share:
- Instiglio’s experience and the key lessons learnt from designing and implementing impact bonds in international development; from the importance of performance management, to how incentive structures have played out on the ground, to how risks of perverse behavior and other challenges were addressed in various geographies.
- Key insights on how the RBF space is evolving towards piloting outcomes funds, a new kind of infrastructure to facilitate systematic and results-oriented sectoral innovations. Avnish will anchor the conversation on Instiglio’s practical experience and involvement in various outcomes funds which seek to improve results in various sectors, such as poverty alleviation and health.
We will host a networking brunch immediately following the discussion.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.
In Navigation by Judgment, Dan Honig argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid.