Impact Sourcing

At the time of the impact audit, the Impact Sourcing program relied on funding from donors. However, Samasource has since transitioned to an earned revenue model whereby it is able to cover the cost of its Impact Sourcing program with the revenues generated by selling the microwork services to other companies. As a result of this shift, philanthropic dollars are no longer needed to sustain the program. This means that the original benefit/cost ratio (0.64:1), which reflects social benefits per philanthropic dollar, no longer applies to the Impact Sourcing program.

 To increase income for poor and unemployed youth in developing countries.

Intervention: Samasource provides poor unemployed youth with formal sector, digital microwork jobs. Workers receive support services, training, experience and pay that meets a wage standard.

Impact and cost:  $0.64 in additional earnings per $1 spent

Quality of evidence: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the findings and executive summary (PDF, 7 pages)
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