Commitments to Action

A Commitment to Action—the defining feature of CGI—is a plan for addressing a significant global challenge. Commitments can be small or large and financial or nonmonetary in nature. Many commitments are the result of cross-sector partnerships, with CGI members combining efforts to expand their impact. From 2005-2016, members of the CGI community made more than 3,600 commitments which have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.

CGI supports the development of commitments by facilitating dialogue, providing opportunities to identify partners, showcasing the actions taken by commitment-makers, and communicating results.

CGI serves as a catalyst for action, but does not engage in the actual implementation of commitments.

Trends in Commitment-making

Every CGI Commitment must meet three basic criteria:


A CGI commitment must present a new idea or approach to a major challenge. While ongoing work is not eligible, an expansion of a successful program does qualify as a valid Commitment to Action. Additionally, participants can become partners on other CGI commitments by, for example, providing in-kind support or technical expertise.


A CGI commitment must outline a specific approach to a problem, have clear and feasible objectives to be accomplished within a defined period of time, and articulate the desired outcome of the effort.


A CGI commitment must have specific quantitative or qualitative goals that can be monitored by the commitment-maker to evaluate progress over time. As each commitment is implemented, annual progress is reported to CGI to show the extent of its impact.