Think Large and Act Small: Toward a New Paradigm for Ngo Scaling Up
Posted: 23 Aug 2001
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
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