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Evaluation: Sustainable Investment in Local Capacity for Democracy and Peace

In early 2014, Partners and the GE Foundation presented the results of a 3-year evaluation of Partners’ model of Sustainable Impact Investment.

Evaluation: Sustainable Investment in Local Capacity for Democracy and Peace

GE Foundation President Deborah Elam discusses GE's commitment to supporting democratic principles and the rule of law

Partners shared results from a 3-year evaluation of our model of Sustainable Impact Investment at an event in early 2014 supported by the GE Foundation. Nike Carstarphen, who conducted the evaluation, explained how Partners merged the concepts of social entrepreneurship with a commitment to building durable organizations in transitioning democracies. The resulting international network of 19 local, autonomous Partners’ Centers for Change and Conflict Management now has over 25 years of experience promoting democracy and peace throughout the world.

Representatives of GE described the company’s commitment to supporting democratic principles and the rule of law as fundamental to a stable business operating environment in emerging markets. In addition, the GE Foundation spoke to the importance of a long-term social investment strategy in local institutions, leadership and good processes. The evaluation produced by Partners gave concrete data and lessons learned on how this type of investment strategy can be most successful. In particular, the presentation described in detail how an international organization is able to develop an “authentic partnership” with local organizations and serve as a conduit for collaboration to build on each other’s strengths, connections and know-how.

The discussion fleshed out the specific attributes of an authentic partnership, and also reflected on how the local Partners Centers have achieved an 82% organizational survival rate past the start-up period. And finally, the panelists and audience of democracy and peacebuilding experts discussed what kinds of programs and interventions were the most successful in promoting democratic change globally.

To view the presentation in its entirety, go to Ideas Laboratory, GE's and Atlantic Media Strategies' joint initiative that brings together experts and thought leaders to address some of today’s most pressing issues.

To view the PowerPoint used during the event, click here.

To read the report online, click here.

To download the report, click here.

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