Clinton Global Initiative to Disclose Previously Private Commitments

The , a project of the , has announced that it will make public all its previously undisclosed and future commitments, reports.

Announced last week in a letter to CGI members, the policy change is part of an effort ongoing since 2014 to improve CGI's effectiveness through learning and measurement. Over the years, CGI has hosted or helped broker thirty-four hundred pledges by corporations, nonprofit organizations, and governments addressing a range of global challenges, 90 percent of which are listed on the CGI website. Most of the more than three hundred previously unlisted commitments that will now be disclosed are from individuals who had asked that their commitments be kept private or were pledges that failed to achieve their goals. Roughly 6 percent of all CGI commitments have failed, and the initiative plans to release a report in the near future on the failed commitments and some of the lessons learned.

Eager to demonstrate its impact, CGI has been working on metrics and measurement since its inception a decade ago. The new policy is part of that evolution, CGI deputy director Ed Hughes told Devex. In 2004 or 2005, the initiative collected only basic information about pledges, whereas today new commitments are documented in forms numbering dozens of pages, including an extensive appendix of suggested metrics for measurement, said Hughes. It is hoped that the new data will give CGI's staff, partners, and the development community at large a chance to share lessons, examine how they might better communicate problems before they occur, and avoid future failures, said Elsa Polanza, CGI's director of commitments.

"We believe that this practice [of making commitments public] will help to encourage our community to learn and adapt and to reflect on what's worked and what hasn't," said Polanza in her letter to members.

Adva Saldinger. "." Devex 04/29/2016.