Title: A framework for innovation in a global NGO: building financial, institutional and programmatic sustainability

Authors: Jill Kickul; Lisa K. Gundry

Addresses: NYU-Stern Program in Social Entrepreneurship, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, NYU Stern School of Business, 44 W 4th Street, Tisch 424, New York, NY 10012, USA ' Department of Management, Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University, Suite 7000, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604, USA

Abstract: A case-based approach is presented to analyse a Universal NGO's framework in introducing new innovations related to its sustainability programme. The Universal NGO examined has a unique approach to sustainability wherein partnerships with local NGOs are formed to implement programmatic activities addressing unmet needs of a specific population. Financial and technical support are provided to assist them in creating and developing what the Universal NGO calls its 'three pillars' of sustainability: financial, institutional, and programmatic capacity. This foundation is intended to enable long-term sustainable and scalable impact once the Universal NGO has exited the partnership, confident that its social return on investment and impact will continue and grow over time. Three case studies and analysis of the NGO partnerships are presented. In every case, the Universal NGO's model of multi-year commitment, focus on sustainability, and explicit exit strategy contributed to an organisation that sustained or increased its impact over time.

Keywords: sustainable development; case-based approaches; NGOs; non-governmental organisations; partnerships; financial capacity; programme sustainability; social investment; financial sustainability; institutional sustainability; programmatic sustainability; sustainability programmes; programmatic activities; unmet needs; specific populations; financial support; technical support; long-term impacts; sustainable impacts; scalable impacts; social returns; exit strategies; Bolivia; Mexico; healthcare; Kenya; health; SRH; reproductive health; sexual health; sexual hygiene; innovation; regional development; regions; regeneration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2013.052505

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2013 Vol.5 No.1, pp.3 - 25

Published online: 02 Jul 2014 *

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