The practice of global development looks like a cemetery of pilots that never grew—many pilots that died without even knowing what went wrong or why.
Thoughts from the chief innovation advisor for the World Bank on how localized innovations scale—calling for a nuanced way to think about scale and a more sophisticated understanding of how ideas and innovations spread.
Aleem WaljiOctober 10, 2014
While solutions may be context-specific at the bottom of the pyramid, the social innovation processes used to get to answers can be shared and scaled across geographies.
Aleem WaljiSeptember 10, 2014
If we continue treating complex problems as complicated, we will continue to prescribe remedies with little regard for context and variation—the World Bank’s Innovation Labs director explains why.
Aleem WaljiSeptember 4, 2014
What would it take to identify promising innovations faster, more often, and with the full might of public and private partners? That is the challenge before us.
Aleem WaljiAugust 7, 2014
Confronting the hardest problems on the planet requires humility to admit that we don’t know many answers when we start; sometimes, we don’t even know the right problem to work on. And if you start with the wrong problem, you’ll certainly propose the wrong solution.
Aleem WaljiJuly 18, 2014