About Us

The Global Delivery Initiative is a collaborative effort to create a collective and cumulative evidence base of delivery know-how to inform development practice and improve implementation. The GDI and its partners support practitioners on the ground to adapt to dynamic contexts and solve stubborn delivery challenges.

Why a Global Delivery Initiative?

Providing clean water. Making household energy affordable. Reducing maternal mortality. Ensuring that children learn.

Development organizations and governments deploy substantial resources and sophisticated technical solutions to address critical development challenges. Yet interventions don’t always have the intended impacts on people’s lives.

What gets in the way? Interventions often encounter difficulties during implementation - capacity shortfalls, misaligned incentives or lack of coordination among stakeholders, to name but a few. Technical solutions alone are not enough to navigate these complexities.

Whether supporting a health reform or building public infrastructure, the international development community must be able to achieve transformational impacts in a more consistent and timely manner. Getting to this next level of impact requires better integration of the right technical “what” with the right delivery “how.”

To that end, a partnership of international development institutions, practitioners, implementing agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector has created the Global Delivery Initiative. The Global Delivery Initiative was launched at the 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank.

Goals: What We Do

The GDI helps practitioners prepare for and address delivery challenges and unexpected problems throughout implementation. It aims to achieve this by:

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Bringing together the existing, but fragmented, knowledge of what works in international development – why and most importantly how – and establishing a common language to talk about delivery.

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Connecting perspectives, people, and organizations across sectors and regions, the initiative supports the exchange of experiences and the emergence of a community around delivery and adaptive management.

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Providing a platform for practitioners that provides tailored services and products to help practitioners adapt to dynamic contexts and deliver results on the ground.


Strategy: How We Work

Explore our flagship products to learn more about how GDI works toward goals of establishing a common language, connecting practitioners and operationalizing delivery know-how throughout the development field.