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About The Global Community of Practice on Scaling Development Outcomes

The Scaling Up Community of Practice (CoP) was founded six years ago by Larry Cooley and Johannes Linn. The purpose of the CoP is to provide a platform for knowledge exchange among experts and practitioners on approaches to scaling up development interventions, for developing partnerships, and for championing the idea that scaling up development impact is critical for achieving global development aspirations, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and climate change aspirations.

Interest in scaling has greatly increased over these six years. The CoP has now more than 700 members from over 200 institutions (including bilateral and multilateral development organizations, operating NGOs, grant making foundations, universities and think tanks) and from many different sectoral and thematic areas of professional expertise.

The CoP has organized four annual two-day in-person workshops in the Washington Metropolitan Area and currently operates nine sectoral and thematic Working Groups (education, health, agriculture, nutrition, social enterprises, youth employment, climate change, fragile states, and monitoring and evaluation) each of which meets virtually three times a year, as well as in-person during past CoP workshops.

The CoP has issued eighteen Newsletters to date, sharing news about scaling up research and practice from the Working Groups, from CoP members, and from the broader development community. Three years ago, an Executive Committee was formed from among the membership. Management Systems International (MSI) has generously provided administrative and logistical support since the establishment of the CoP.

There is strong support among the membership for the continuation and strengthening of the CoP. The CoP receives financial and in-kind support from a number of organizations and individuals, which has allowed it to host its annual workshop, invite and support southern participants, and develop and support a website.

For more information, please contact

Executive Committee of the Scaling Up CoP

Larry Cooley

Founder and Co-Curator of the CoP

Founder and President Emeritus at Management Systems International

Lennart Woltering

Co-Chair of the Agriculture & Rural Development Working Group

Scaling Catalyst at CIMMYT

Laura Ghiron

Co-Chair of the Health Technical Working Group

President of Partners in Expanding Health Quality and Access

John Floretta

Co-Chair of the M&E Working Group

Global Deputy Executive Director at J-PAL

Kristen Molyneaux

Sustaining Member of the CoP: Lever for Change

Vice President of Social Impact and Founding Member at Lever for Change

Johannes Linn

Founder and Co-Curator of the CoP

Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institute

Elaine Tinsley

Co-Chair of the Social Enterprise Working Group

Private Sector Specialist at World Bank

Liz Vance

Co-Chair of the Youth Employment Working Group

Program Director of Systems Change for Workforce Development at International Youth Foundation

Chytanya Kompala

Co-Chair of the Nutrition Working Group

Senior Program Officer for Research at Eleanor Crook Foundation

Sabrina Storm

Sustaining Member: GIZ

Senior Advisor at GIZ

Nitika Tolani

Co-Chair of the Education Working Group

Technical Director with the Education and Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis Practice Areas at Management Systems International

Jonathan Papoulidis

Co-Chair of the Fragile States Working Group

Executive Advisor on Fragile States at World Vision

George Zedginidze

Co-Chair of the Climate Change Working Group

Head of Knowledge and Change Management at Green Climate Fund

Sustaining Member: Gates Foundation

Program Officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ruth Simmons

Contributing Member: ExpandNet

Professor Emerita at University of Michigan School of Public Health

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