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We continue to scan horizons, use online collaboration, blogging, (re)search and development, and connect our partners new and exciting actors. Using solid evidence, we provide hands-on support to pilot new approaches, testing their validity and value so that decision-making is best informed. 

This stream has led to the design of new development services for our partners, including:

  • alternative finance mechanisms (e.g., crowdfunding, peer to peer lending, blockchain application for remittance transfers, outcome buying and social impact bonds, forecast based finance) and
  • leveraging new data for development.

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