Q&A: How a skeptic helped design Co-Impact’s approach to giving

Rakesh Rajani (right), moderating a session at the 2019 Skoll World Forum. Photo by: Skoll World Forum

OXFORD, England — When Rakesh Rajani was first approached to explore opportunities at Co-Impact, a new model for collaborative philanthropy, he was skeptical.

“The idea that a bunch of billionaires are going to come together and somehow solve the world’s problems — I thought, ‘What is that about?’” he recalled. “I said, ‘I don't think I’m your guy for this. I actually don’t believe in it.’”

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    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.