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Authored by Lesley Bourns, Dan McClure and Alice Obrecht on behalf of the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI)

First published in February 2019, this paper responds to a persistent humanitarian challenge: why do good ideas, demonstrated through pilots, fail to reach a scale at which they can maximise value for people affected by crises?

The Untangling the Many Paths to Scale paper offers a new scale framework designed with humanitarian innovation in mind, shaped by four key factors:

  • solution value,
  • difficulty,
  • contextual variation, and
  • operational sustainability.

Each combination of factors may have its own methodology and scaling journey, offering innovators a broader, more realistic range of options for determining how to take innovations to scale. Recognizing the diversity of pathways to scale allows for a more realistic consideration of resources, skills, and steps involved in scaling.

You can find out more information about this resource on the GAHI website and through watching the video below.

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