Solution Circles

CSI 2019

How does the Solution Circles work?

What is expected of a member:

Share freely your perspectives, material, data and other information in the area you are interested, connect SC to various other members (and keep them motivated like you) and give about 3 hours a month, for nine months. And if possible, two full days during the F2F meetings. Based on other roles more time maybe needed. All time and sharing is voluntary.

What you are likely to get are potential solutions including frameworks, approaches, information, perspectives, investments, etc. You gain access to a network of thought leaders, sector experts and investors. Solution Circles allows you to speak about your work and potentially get support from a network of like-minded people and organizations.

The Solution Circles

Innovative Finance

New innovative financial instruments (like DIBs) have focused on easy to measure outcomes. Societal problems are complex and some key sectors are not attracting sufficient investments (e.g. Child Marriage, disability). How do these sectors set themselves up for innovative financing? The sub-sector is evolving and needs coordination and market making? How will that happen?


Technology is a great enabler for social impact. However Impact Organisations (IOs) and Governments typically do not have a tech strategy and then are exposed to an exponential numbers of solutions looking for problems. AI/ML/Blockchain- what is the hype vs realised vs unrealised potential? How can IOs use them? How can field focused interventions gain from various technologies available?

Social Behaviour Change

Behaviour Change is explained by diverse disciplines, theories, models and frameworks. It is practiced across sectors (such as marketing. advertisement, social programs). How can theory and experiences combine to understand and look for designs that address problems such as improving access to ANC services, improving hand washing practices among health care practitioners and understanding the changing norms of sexuality to prevent early marriage or teen pregnancies.

Transform for scale

Inequities and large marginalization still exists. Solutions, despite many, are not keeping pace with the growing challenges to the social sector. There is a need to look at ‘what works at scale’. Some organisations work on scaling direct service models, whereas others work to change the wider system and address root causes that perpetuate the problem. The threads emerging are: How do we deliver ‘impact at scale’ by unlocking new potential? How does an organization transform itself for scale?