To inform our “Doing while learning” initiative, we documented and analyzed paths to scale up taken by four social innovations in South Asia. The resulting case studies each provide an in-depth look at how context shaped each scale up strategy and critical decisions. Cumulatively, they provide a small but rich data set to inform our real-time phase of research, particularly on the dimensions beyond implementation.
We hope that these cases will offer other practitioners, policy makers, and international development scholars some insights into scaling up. We welcome their use in classrooms and as teaching tools.
BRAC Education Support Program –This case describes how BRAC scaled its non-formal primary education model throughout Bangladesh via external partnerships and extensive support.
Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) – This case study describes how a network of organizations formed an umbrella organization to mobilize government support for the expansion of community-based development across Pakistan.
Tackling extreme poverty globally –This case describes how BRAC’s innovative model of helping households sustainably move out of extreme poverty was scaled globally through the creation of a global learning consortium led by CGAP and the Ford Foundation.
A community based approach to urban development –This case describes the Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction approach to creating sustainable urban development across Bangladesh, including supporting slum communities to influence local planning.