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Think Large and Act Small: Toward a New Paradigm for NGO Scaling Up

Posted: 23 Aug 2001  

Peter Uvin

Brown University

Pankaj K. Jain

University of Memphis - Fogelman College of Business and Economics

L. David Brown

Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government - Hauser Center

Abstract

Scaling up is about "expanding impact" and not about "becoming large," the latter being only one possible way to achieve the
former. The experiences of five Indian nongovernment organizations (NGOs) suggest the emergence of a new paradigm of
scaling up, in which NGOs become catalysts of policy innovations and social capital, creators of programmatic knowledge that
can be spun off and integrated into government and market institutions, and builders of vibrant and diverse civil societies. We detail the mechanisms by which NGO impact can be scaled up without drastically increasing the size of the organization.

Keywords: NGOs, civil society, Asia, India, advocacy, scaling up

Suggested Citation

Uvin, Peter and Jain, Pankaj K. and Brown, L. David, Think Large and Act Small: Toward a New Paradigm for NGO Scaling Up. World Development, Vol. 28, No. 8, August 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=252904

Peter Uvin (Contact Author)

Brown University ( email )

Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
United States

Pankaj K. Jain

University of Memphis - Fogelman College of Business and Economics ( email )

Memphis, TN 38152
United States

L. David Brown

Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government - Hauser Center ( email )

79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-496-2381 (Phone)
617-495-0996 (Fax)

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