The World is Taking Notice: DDD is Top 25 NGO

DDD continues to make its mark in the international development sector, ranking #25 in The Global Journal’s Top 100 NGOs for 2013, up three places from last year. Four hundred fifty organizations were invited to be evaluated on three key criteria: impact, innovation and sustainability. In its 2nd year, the Global Journal ranking reflects the increasing influence of NGOs (non-governmental organizations), shining a light on this dynamic sector that numbers close to 10 million organizations globally. Digital Divide Data was recognized as an Incubator of Human Capital, based on our pioneering role in the Impact Sourcing sector that combines the mission of an NGO operation and the profitability and sustainability of a business enterprise. The Global Journal notes, “recognizing the significant role of NGOs as influential agents of change on a global scale, [we have] sought to move beyond outdated clichés and narrow conceptions about what an NGO is and does. From humanitarian relief to the environment, public health to education, microfinance to intellectual property, NGOs are increasingly at the forefront of developments shaping the lives of millions of people around the world.” The Global Journal ranking coincides with other recognition by international media and opinion-makers. The December 2012 issue of Finance and Development, a quarterly publication by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), cites DDD’s unique and impactful model in the article “Learning Laboratory – Social entrepreneurship offers innovative cost-effective development solutions”. NextBillion, a development and enterprise website and online forum for business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics, featured DDD as one of the more established Impact Sourcing Service Providers (ISSPs) in the field today. The feature applauds DDD’s focus on quantifying the social impact of its work, forming the basis for continuous improvement on both an enterprise and social mission level. These citations and recognition are encouraging: the world is taking notice of Impact Sourcing. Policy makers and opinion leaders are starting to recognize the immense potential of Impact Sourcing to uplift thousands, if not millions, of the underprivileged globally. DDD helped pioneer this model and is committed to continue to demonstrate that impact sourcing is not merely a novelty, but an idea whose time has come.