To promote efficiency and build institutional capacity in all development projects


Promote efficient use of resources to improve value for money and achieve sustainable impact


In a world where every donor and every implementer of development projects make efficiency a critical aspect of their resource management.


To be the single largest platform where practitioners and researchers can share efficiency best practices, new ideas, innovation, and lessons learned in the implementation of development projects


Why this digital platform?

We launched this initiative to facilitate learning, innovation, collaboration, sharing, and improve implementation. Donors and implementers are interested in efficiencies, ideas, and value for money. The $2.5 trillion funding gap for SDG can not be met if we do not become more efficient is using resources, if we are not able to pursue rigorously value for money, and if we can not introduce innovation in financing and services. Imagine a world where we can help each other by sharing our experiences, collaborating continuously, and can make better use of resources to reach more people with services. Innovation is about better services, faster reach, and cheaper pricing so that poor people can afford them.  We believe in SDG mantra - No one left behind.


Knowledge Management:

We will publish good stories from you on implementation efficiencies, innovation, use of technology to improve management at various levels, new untested ideas, etc.  We want to share best practices and lessons learned. Please write to us in the following email address.  We will publish quality papers/blogs/op-ed from you but please note we do not pay for any articles.  The key objective is to share your knowledge with as many people as possible. Send us your stories:





The Center is set up to focus on efficient use of resources so that more can be done with existing and new resources. 

Billions of dollars are now invested in the development sector with the aim of rapid improvement in the lives of millions of people and reduce poverty. The WHO 2010 World Health Report discussed about health system inefficiencies, estimating that 20% to 40% of all health spending ($1.5 trillion USD) is wasted. These are illustrative figures. According to Project Management Institute “Organizations waste US$51 million for every US$1 billion spent on projects and programs due to poor requirements management.” The real point here is that there is much can be done by governments and donors to free up resources which are needed for health interventions. One of the key goal of the Paris Declaration of 2005 was increasing the efficiency of development assistance.

Financing mechanisms such as GAVI, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, GFF, IFC, MCC, PEPFAR, UNITAID, World Bank, regional banks, IMF etc. are in place and moving billions of dollars to projects all over the world. Private philanthrophists and Foundations have expanded their contributions significantly. For example,Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are planning a $600 billion mega foundation. Facebook Foundation and others are also stepping up major contributions.

A World Bank study in 2011 found that only 41% of grain handed out for the poor through Indian food programs reached its intended target, and estimates put the loss of other subsidies at 20%—costing the government $10B a year.  Imagine what the government can do if the $10b were available for much needed development projects.

In addition, new donors such as China, India, Brazil, and Russia are also expanding their bilateral assistance programs. These large scale investments pose major challenges on implementation capacity because of limited human resources, poor infrastructure, and inadequate systems to manage programs that require scaling up for impact within a shorter period of time. Uncoordinated donor funds, duplication of resource allocation, inefficient parameters to assess program investment, and corrupt institutions and individual means less money reaching the poorest of the poor. 

In order to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we need more resources which is not available. Therefore, we need to focus on more efficient use of existing resources, explore new ideas for partnerships such as Development Impact Bond or Paying for Outcomes or Success, and learn from private sector on disruptive technologies and initiatives.  We need more ideas and bold game plans by all players.


About Us

The Center for Implementation  Efficiency (C4ie) is a knowledge sharing digital platform - sharing lessons learned, best practices, practical ideas, etc. to facilitate learning and collaboration to improve program implementation by non-profit organizations. Efficient implementation includes technical and execution efficiency.  It means a strong health system, able to deliver integrated services. It means an education system that is efficient and owned by communities.  It means efficient use of resources, thus freeing up resources for other development initiatives.  Inefficiencies also occur due to slow absorption of allocated resources.

The Center is also a technical assistance provider in seven areas and has various experts who have several decades of global experiences.

Efficiencies can be achieved at any stage of project cycle management - design, start-up, implementation, and evaluation. Thomas Watson of IBM said "Good design is good business".  We know good design is the initial step toward good implementation. 

Our focus is on seven areas of critical importance:

(i) Creative and strategic partnerships;

(ii) Innovation in Project Cycle Management;

(iii) Data analysis &adaptive management; 

(iv) Right leadership and governance

(v)  Strong systems (e.g. health system, education system)

(vi) Community capacity and ownership

(vii) Impact measurement, impact monetization

We believe in:

  • Efficiency in project implementation leads to sustainable development and better value for money;
  • Evidenced-based actions and impact
  • Sustainability;
  • Technology use and innovation are essential to improve management, implementation, and quality access;
  • Cost efficiency is important aspect of good management
  • Knowledge sharing through crowdsourcing of best practices
  • Timely implementation saves lives and money
  • Local ownership
  • Strategic partnerships 
  • Accountability, transparency, data quality, evaluation
  • Local ownership & capacity building 

The Center will collect and make available best practices in implementation so that project managers and donors can use the information for implementation improvement and program design as part of continuous improvement process.

The Center will provide critical and independent assessments of program/ project implementation to assess impact, value for money, and efficiency. We believe in private sector approach to evaluation for rapid feedback on implementation and a dynamic adaptive management system for course corrections for results.

We will identify and support innovation that contributes to both effectiveness and cost-efficiency. 

We will implement new and innovative initiatives and assist local partners to respond to local needs.

We will also serve as a capacity building through ongoing learning platform. 

What we cover:

  • Projects funded by various donor agencies - bilateral, multilateral, private foundations, corporate and individual donors.
  • Focus areas: maternal & child health, reproductive health, adolescent health, communicable diseases, health systems, non communicable diseases(NCDs), vaccine programs, education programs, and capacity building.


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