Scaling Up: A Framework and Lessons for Development Effectiveness from Literature and Practice

76 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2008 Last revised: 18 Jan 2009

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Arntraud Hartmann

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Johannes F. Linn

The Brookings Institution

Date Written: October 31, 2008

Abstract

Scaling up of development interventions is much debated today as a way to improve their impact and effectiveness. Based on a review of scaling up literature and practice, this paper develops a framework for the key dynamics that allow the scaling up process to happen. The authors explore the possible approaches and paths to scaling up, the drivers of expansion and of replication, the space that has to be created for interventions to grow, and the role of evaluation and of careful planning and implementation. They draw a number of lessons for the development analyst and practitioner. More than anything else, scaling up is about political and organizational leadership, about vision, values and mindset, and about incentives and accountability - all oriented to make scaling up a central element of individual, institutional, national and international development efforts. The paper concludes by highlighting some implications for aid and aid donors.

Keywords: scaling up, development, foreign aid, economic development

Suggested Citation

Hartmann, Arntraud and Linn, Johannes F., Scaling Up: A Framework and Lessons for Development Effectiveness from Literature and Practice (October 31, 2008). Wolfensohn Center for Development Working Paper No. 5, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1301625 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1301625

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The Brookings Institution ( email )

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