We believe that there is a smarter way to solve the most complex human development challenges

Solving the world’s most pressing development challenges is possible, but a new approach is needed. We believe that the key to successful programs lies in a deep and compassionate understanding of the people they are designed to serve – their values, aspirations and needs.

We also believe that programs can succeed only if they address the ecosystems that affect people’s well-being, health, and productivity. We look at the whole picture – the complex interplay among people and institutions at all levels of society. We seek to uncover the underlying drivers of behavior, the interconnections and motivations that others may have not spotted. Our analysis helps us identify points of leverage where a relatively small effort can have an outsize impact.



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