The doer and the payer: A simple approach to scale

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By Kevin Starr and Laura Hattendorf, Mulago Foundation, Stanford Social Innovation Review

At the Mulago Foundation, we obsess on the notion of social impact that goes to scale. Since we’re usually willing to pay for lunch, people often come to talk about “going to scale” and “scaling up our work.” Most of the time, the word “growth” would better capture what they have in mind. Growth is a fine thing, but scale is what solves problems, and so scale is what we look for. When we talk about “going to scale,” this is what we mean:

You’ve got a proven model at big scale — the thing you do. Who’s going to replicate — do — it, and who is going to fund that replication?

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