REPORT: Building the Middle: Global Cooperation at the Frontier: Innovative Finance in Fragile Contexts

REPORT: Building the Middle: Global Cooperation at the Frontier: Innovative Finance in Fragile Contexts

Few people consider fragile, conflict-affected contexts as places brimming with business opportunities, but InterAction’s recent report, “Building the Middle: Global Cooperation at the Frontier: Innovative Finance in Fragile Contexts,” highlights what’s possible. This report analyzes insights from 18 executives from both for-profit firms and nonprofit organizations that participated in a retreat held by InterAction and The Annenberg Trust at Sunnylands in November 2018.

In addition to outlining a set of emerging principles and recommendations for do-no-harm investments in fragile contexts, the report grapples with a number of keys issues including:  

  • Ways in which the private and the public sectors can reinforce one another for better governance and business opportunities in fragile contexts
  • Exploration of the barriers that private firms face to enter fragile contexts and the challenge of scaling
  • Proposal for a multi-sector, networked approach to tackle this challenge that draws on the comparative advantages of different actors, including NGOs, advisory firms, and investment firms
  • How to improve the case for investing in seemingly risky environments
  • Market failures as missed opportunities in fragile contexts
  • Sharpening domestic resource mobilization and broader policy vis-à-vis private investment in fragile contexts
  • Success stories in financing and scaling in fragile contexts
  • Data-driven decision-making for investing
  • Countering predatory private investment in fragile contexts

Read the report