Global Community Network on Scaling-Up

Global Community Network on Scaling-Up

There are lots of good ideas out there.

They are not getting systematically communicated to others who could use them.

The info needs to be available, concise, relevant and practical. Include costing, critical conditions precedent

It needs to be easily accessible, available to the illiterate and in local languages


To systematically provide pragmatic and critical information on successful pilot projects as a blue print for replication/scaling up. Information to be made available on a publically accessible website in local languages and in a format accessible to the illiterate. Facilitate scaling up on these pilot projects.


+ Develop the database (with or without partners)
+ Evaluate pilot projects (pro bono or for donors, NGOs, PE, SVC, etc)
+ Provide more hands-on training and advice to scale up agents
+ Act as a “marriage broker” for scale up partners
+ Encourage discussion thru blogs. On line facilitated discussions. Telecom conferences due to technology limits; wiki
+ Transfer technology, knowledge, experience
+ Warehouse of detailed “process” best practice


Rural citizens

Community leaders


Rural development specialists

Government officials


Private Equity





Well written and illustrated “blue prints” of projects with design drawings, budgets, and legal docs if required.

Canfield University in England has for example developed some very interesting documentation in pictorial form (including simple construction plans) on the options for urban water and sanitation)

Not just “technical” solutions but also social solutions or relevant social aspects.

Available in local language and accessible to the illiterate

Who would produce the “product”?

Students from partnership Indian technical and/or financial university departments (Innovation Center at IIM Ahmadabad or the rural dept program at IIT Kanpur) University students would be trained and supervised by faculty for a credit.

The NGOs who have undertaken the projects and want to Scale Up. These would have to be audited. It would be useful to learn from Ashoka their due diligence process it is formidable and has an excellent rep.

I would like to not just include Indian and South Asian examples (both Bangladesh because of BRAC and Grameen and Bhutan are significantly ahead of India) but Sri Lanka (in mother health care) is well ahead. But projects from Africa and Latin America and the rest of Asia). This would them become the basis of going global with next focus on Africa then rural China)

Where would the projects come from?

Referrals from

1. ICCI Rural
2. Innovation Center; Kanpur
3. The social venture capital fund
4. NGOs
5. Donors
6. Private citizens
7. The Press
8. Civil servants

Get the format accepted as standard in any evaluation study by donors, lenders and/or multi-lateral institutions

How would the info be disseminated?

o A database of projects available in multiple languages and searchable by the illiterate. (Contract with CDAC)
o Articles in local language newspapers and local language TV and news programs. (A public outreach program)
o Conferences for civil society; state and local government officials
o Printed copies (due to limited access to computers still)
o Mainstream film (talk to Kapoor)
o Links from other web-sites


A. Rural and Urban Poor Infrastructure

Off grid power


Solar (WBREDA; AP Tribal; Solar System/SEWA partnership)

Bio Mass (Jack Welch Foundation/Madurai)

Hydro (Himachel Pradesh; Kashmir; Pakistan)

Mechanical (LED/Mechanical)

On grid

Rural densification (providing rural connections from 33 kV substations

Community participation in major utility power



Bill Collecting

Micro lending (Bhutan)

Partnerships between SEBs and PPNC to extend the grid

Urban slums

Community organization (connecting, sign up, monitoring, billing collection, servicing) (example Bangalore slum program plots should have been evaluated by Aus Aid)

Appropriate Technology (ADB study on Urban Poverty)

Tariffs and Regulation (primarily for policy makers)

Water and Sewage

Solid Waste/Recycling



B. Health Care

Rural Primary Care

C. Education

D. Housing

E. Non-traditional Industry (i.e. not agriculture but includes agro processing). Since agro industry is so complicated I would suggest a separate initiative perhaps with IFAD and FAO)

F. Process (

Pilot Project Evaluation (get this written by one of the social venture capital funds)

Strategic Planning: To Scale –Up or Not; If yes, how

Scaling Up Manual (Global Gain)

Writing a Scaling up Business Plan (Global Gain)

Technology and Product Development

Operations (this may have to industry and project specific)


Financial Sustainability/Financial Projections

Funding Sources (Debt; Equity: Grants)

Legal Structures:


Associations (seed projects)

Worker-earned companies (Fab India’s pilot)



Incorporated company

Book keeping/Accounting (pro bono by one of the acctg firms; also IFC Grass Roots)

Legal Obligations

Labor Practices (ILO office)

Monitoring and Evaluation (IFC)

Formats: Use of Web 2.0

1. I have a problem: Global problem solving
2. Rural Development Facebook: Rural players can post their identity.
3. Wiki tools: The toolkits for

Subsectors; Wind energy, rural clinics

Functions for SMEs


Globally written, edited, updated

4. Hosted interesting projects which are looking for scaling up ops

(10 per week… format generally determined)

5. Rural Technology

1. Details of General Public Liscence technical innovations (not changeable)
2. Development globally of new technologies or adoptions of old technology to different environments
3. Manufacturing ideas

6. Juried Best 20 sources/papers/etc on each subject with ratings (a la Amazon)
o Global nomination of best source
o Provide those sources/papers (not editable)
o General Biblibiography with right to
7. Hosted discussions and panels
8. Chats rooms and blogs
9. Policy papers for rural develoment public officials
10. Policy papers for Donors


Rural Power: Pune-based NGO

Urban Power Aus Aid/

Water/Sewage: Rural:


Health care: -(primary); AIDS-S. Rao; Maternal/Early Childhood ;District hospitals: DOTS,

Education: Primary: Middle School: Adult literacy

Housing: Grameen and HDFC

Process: Global Gain; IFC Grass Roots, MIFF, ADB,ILO,

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