Barriers to an inclusive economy
Over the last 75 years, a growing global economy enabled billions to lift themselves out of poverty, fueled material prosperity, and drove improvements in health, literacy, nutrition, and innovation. While one may think this granted economic advancement for all, a deeper look shows that not all people have had equal opportunity for economic growth.
During COVID-19, Black & Latinx families have experienced higher rates of job loss and rent payment difficulties.
Only 50% of today's children will outearn their parents.
Since 1979, the bottom 10% of workers saw a 4% wage growth.
Workers don't believe the government will prepare them for the future of work.
What we do to help build an inclusive government
CPI's inclusive economies portfolio focuses on equitable & just COVID-19 recovery and pathways to individual & community wealth. We work with partners to build inclusive economies by:
Training and capacity building: We equip public servants with new ways of thinking and working, in line with our vision for reimagined government.
Listening and engagement: We engage with cities and residents to better understand lived experiences and raise voices.
Place-based collective action: We build bridges between residents and public servants to better address unique community needs.
Learning networks: We convene, design, and manage networks, enabling changemakers to learn from one another.
Our work in action
Opportunity to Impact
Opportunity to Impact is a tool for communities and investors to evaluate an investment’s potential for positive social, economic, and environmental impact. The tool was created with support from Beeck Center.
Built for All
Built for All is an actionable global framework for building inclusive economies based on research, listening, and ongoing implementation efforts. Created in partnership with Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.
West Philadelphia Skills Initiative
The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is a model for modern urban workforce development that prioritizes equity and place-based solutions. CPI partnered with Drexel University's Nowak Metro Finance Lab to study this replicable model.
Pandemic Solutions Group
Created by the Rockefeller Foundation, CPI is proud to serve as Secretariat of the Pandemic Solutions Group, a learning network of public officials devoted to rapidly and equitably scaling COVID-19 testing, tracing, and vaccination.
Supporting Vulnerable Populations
CPI provided consulting and advisory support on a future of work project for excluded, high-barrier populations to inform policy and call to actions for public, private and social sectors.
Understanding the Future of Work
CPI conducted a six-month research effort alongside a major philanthropic partner to identify strategies to bring prosperity to distressed places, improve the quality of work, and re-skill the next generation.
Partner with us
We work with and are seeking dynamic partners and funders to expand our inclusive economy work. If your organization is interested in tackling inequalities and creating more economic opportunity, please contact us. Together we can build a more promising future for all people across North America.
"We really value our partnership with CPI and are grateful for their help towards our shared mission of increasing economic prosperity for all, particularly directing capital to overlooked communities. I'm always proud to walk into a room with CPI."
"CPI is an exceptional partner for those seeking to produce thoughtful and rigorous research. Our work on the West Philidelphia Skills Initiative resulted in one of the best institutional case studies I've seen."
Built For All Case Study: Mexico
Built For All Case Study: Western Balkans
Built For All Case Study: Grand Rapids
Rockefeller Foundation: Difficult but doable: relationships & trust are helping schools reopen safely
A systemic response to the food, climate and health crises: there is no other way
Building Trust in Testing & Vaccination
REPORT: Anchoring in people and places: An innovative model for workforce development in the U.S.
Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath): Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference
A history of exclusion in the state of Oregon: a conversation with Oregon State Representative Teresa Alonso Leon
The authentic voice of Latino California: a conversation with Congresswoman Norma Torres of California's 35th District
Let's have a conversation
If you're interested in tackling inequalities and creating more economic opportunity, or if you a public impact story to share, let us know. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.