September 23, 2014
Sep 23

Analysis of CGI Commitments Since 2005 Reveals Key Trends, Metrics, and Lessons

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430 Million People in 180 Countries Impacted by CGI Commitments to Action

Analysis Draws Out Key Trends and Patterns, Including: Effectiveness of Partnerships; Shift to Direct Implementation of Programs over Soliciting Donations; and Post-Crisis Actions by CGI Members that Lead to Sustainable Solutions

New York, NY – As the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes its 10th Annual Meeting, CGI today announced the completion of an analysis on Commitments to Action made since 2005 by members of the CGI community. CGI analyzed the Commitments to Action made by members of the CGI community from 2005 through 2013, in order to help commitment-makers be more effective and efficient in their work. These commitments have already affected the lives of 430 million people across 180 countries. New Commitments to Action will be announced throughout the CGI Annual Meeting September 21-24, 2014. Commitments to Action are new, specific, and measurable plans to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

“When we started CGI in 2005, we believed that if we brought people together to take action, we could make a real difference,” said President Clinton. “All of the data in this study proves the value of creative cooperation, and I’m encouraged by the trends it revealed.”

“As we come together at the Annual Meeting for the tenth time and reimagine our impact going forward, it’s imperative that we evaluate what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what remains to be done,” said Chelsea Clinton. “By examining the progress made to date, we all can be more efficient and effective in the years to come.”

Using success stories, data and trends from the analysis, members of the CGI community can learn from in the 2,872 Commitments to Action that were made through 2013, which is when the analysis began. The full analysis can be found here. The analysis identified trends including:

  • Out of all commitments made from 2005 through 2013, more than 80% have been completed or are ongoing.  1,202 have been completed, 1,145 are still working toward meeting their initial goals, only 46 of commitments are stalled, and only 139 of all commitments made have been unsuccessful. True to its model, CGI asks each commitment-maker to report progress on their work annually. When a commitment has not reported back in two years, CGI removes its impact metrics and value from the CGI portfolio. Those commitments can be “reactivated” at any time. Currently 11.8% of commitments since 2005 are in this category.
  • India, Kenya, and the United States are the three countries with the highest number of commitments. A significant number of CGI commitments are implemented in a concentrated handful of countries, including the United States.
  • Over time, commitments became more focused on more direct interventions such as skills development, access to capital, STEM, and access to education. 
  • Purely donation-based commitments have and continue to become less common than those directly implementing a program. These commitments represent about 3% of the entire portfolio.
  • Members of the CGI community mobilize in the aftermath of a disaster or crisis through new Commitments to Action. Many commitment-makers focus on crises and disasters, but their work continues after the immediate crisis has been resolved. As one example, the highest occurrences of Haiti commitments are in 2008 and 2010 following devastating natural disasters in the country. However, over half of all the commitments implemented in Haiti are ongoing, demonstrating the commitment of CGI members to lasting and sustainable solutions, instead of short-term relief efforts.
  • CGI, through calls to action and programmatic focus, has helped to drive the shift in topical focus. In response to member requests, over time CGI began to focus on specific topics to help drive more coordinated action.
  • CGI commitment-makers recognize the power of diversity and successful commitments increasingly rely on multi-sector partnerships. Initially, in 2005, only 65% of new commitments had one or more partners. By 2008 and through 2013, 91% of commitments have partners. As part of that trend, cross-sector partnerships between at least one corporation and one NGO more than doubled.
  • Commitments with partnerships have also seen a higher success in reaching goals. On average, commitments made through partnerships exceeded their goals. Commitments without a partner performed well, but on average they only achieved 84 percent of their targeted impact.
  • Of completed commitments that reported impact on their original targets, over two-thirds (67%) reached or exceeded their target number of lives affected. Another 8.8% of completed commitments reached between 75% and 100% of their target.
  • Information technology has become an increasingly important component of commitments. Commitments tagged with the keywords “Mobile/Wireless” and “Digital Access/Adoption” have become more prevalent since 2011.

The analysis was conducted by data analytics firm Palantir Technologies, a member of CGI. It examined the impact and progress of CGI commitments from the last decade and was based on self-reported data from CGI members.

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