As the global community mobilizes to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, Dalberg is coming together with teams and partners to find ways to create a positive impact in the places it is needed most. This page contains some of our work and perspectives related to the crisis.

Shifting practices, sharing power? How the US philanthropic sector is responding to the 2020 crises

A new survey and report from Dalberg Advisors, Philanthropy California, and the Council on Foundations outlines the critical next steps and fundamental shifts respondents raised as necessary to build an equitable future. From an unprecedented global pandemic and associated economic crisis, to the unjust murders and treatment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, the…

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Global South countries have enacted a variety of lockdown measures

Global South countries have enacted a variety of lockdown measures, different from those in the Global North and from each other

Despite suggestions to the contrary, Global South countries have not replicated the measures of Global North countries in response to the COVID-19 crisis. A wide variety of country-by-country measures exist, suggesting that Global South countries have accounted for their distinctive economic, social and political situations in implementing lockdowns and social distancing measures.

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Minimizing the impact of the pandemic on India’s most vulnerable populations

During a crisis, the emphasis needs to be on including those who really deserve the help rather than making sure the wrong people are kept out.

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Post Covid-19 economic recovery will happen — but will we make it equitable?

Post COVID-19 economic recovery will happen — but will we make it equitable?

Local, state, and federal governments are mobilizing support, but if benefits are not delivered equitably to SMEs, polarization and inequality will increase as the crisis progresses — and last long after it has ended. This Dalberg-authored white paper shows how to address the unique needs of minority-owned small businesses.

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Applying a gender lens to post-Covid economic recoveries: a spotlight on women-led businesses in Africa

Applying a gender lens to post-Covid economic recoveries: a spotlight on women-led businesses in Africa

For many African nations, women head up the SMEs that make up the fabric of communities and economies. More must be done to help keep their businesses afloat.

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Covid-19: mitigating the risk of future pandemics by changing our relationship with the natural world

Dalberg has co-authored a report with the WWF “Covid-19: Urgent Call to Protect People and Nature” that details the root causes of the Covid-19 crisis and points to a turning point where the relationship with the natural world must be healed if the risk of future pandemics is to be mitigated.

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Philanthropy in the Era of COVID-19

Philanthropy in the era of Covid-19

Covid-19 is catalyzing a transformational wave of change across the philanthropic sector around the globe. A new Dalberg study presents early insights on the effects of the crisis on foundations, and the impacts their present-day response will have on the future.

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Is Covid-19 Africa’s gender pandemic?

From New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Covid-19 has been shining a light on women and paving the way for new thinking in global leadership. But, in Africa, has it been so? This Forbes Africa article looks at the gender lens of the pandemic. A July 2020 article in Forbes…

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The impact of Covid-19 on governance, peace and security in the Horn of Africa

Covid-19 has had a moderate impact on the region to date—but stability is at risk if political reforms stall, or people lose livelihoods. The African Union (AU) and UNDP have published a report, drafted by Dalberg, titled “The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the governance, peace and security in the Horn of Africa countries”…

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Insuring India’s poor through this pandemic—it’s time for Citizens to pick up the mantle

With the recent announcement of free rations for 800 million Indians until November, the Indian Prime Minister took an important step in ensuring a basic level of food support for families that are struggling to make ends meet as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds. However, data clearly shows that much more needs to be done to safeguard vulnerable families through a health crisis that has become an economic catastrophe as well.

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A ‘big bet’ on irrigation for Kenya’s smallholder farmers

Smart solar irrigation helps farmers increase yields, resilience and income in the face of the dual challenges of locust infestation and Covid-19

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What Ebola can teach us about Commodity Markets

This is what’s needed to keep medical commodity markets operating efficiently in a pandemic

The Ebola crisis provided a firsthand view into the stressors and breakdowns in procurement and supply chains under epidemic conditions. From assuring quality control to enabling distribution, learn about best practices gleaned from past epidemics that could help with the COVID response.

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How development finance leaders can help emerging-market economies survive the COVID-19 crisis

Steps Development Finance Institutions can take to help emerging markets weather the storm

DFI leaders must act both quickly and creatively to fill the gaps opened by the pandemic. This Dalberg-authored Impact Alpha post shares five actions DFIs can take to help developing economies survive the catastrophe and thrive afterwards.

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COVID through the eyes of Small and Growing Businesses

Strengthening the support system for Small and Growing Businesses in emerging economies

The Capacity Development Organizations and Technical Assistance providers that serve Small and Growing Businesses in emerging economies are at risk of failure. Dalberg partnered with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) to uncover the scope of the challenges they face and spotlight the help they need. Articles in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Impact Alpha share more.

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PPE supply

A shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) presents new opportunities for industry

As COVID-19 continues its spread globally, so too does the scarcity of essential medical supplies, in particular ‘personal protective equipment’ (PPE), an essential component in confronting any highly infectious disease. Current medical demand far exceeds availability.

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Why supporting minority-led businesses is key to New York City’s recovery

The loss of these businesses will not only shatter the livelihoods of their owners but also the livelihoods of the countless, disproportionately minority, New Yorkers they employ. These businesses are an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of the communities they anchor. Examining the impact of Covid-19 on minority-owned small businesses reveals important lessons for policymakers and businesses alike.

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Coronavirus in Nigeria

Man no die, man no rotten: coronavirus against our Nigerianess

It goes without saying that the immediate impacts of coronavirus are likely to have a more significant impact on communities that cannot practice social distancing and hygiene measures. In Nigeria, this includes hundreds of thousands of households in both rural areas and urban centers. Dalberg’s Nneka Eze shares more in an Op-Ed in Nigeria’s Business Day, calling for decisive action and collective responsibility to prevent some of the worst outcomes of the COVID-19 challenge.

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The U.S. care economy in crisis

Caregivers are some of the most economically exposed workers inside the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for what’s being done in the U.S. today — and how we can recognize the vital role these workers play in the economy, both now and in the future.

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Leadership in the time of pandemic

Leadership in the time of a pandemic

When it comes to finding solutions in a crisis, leaders who respond with compassion and empathy dig deeper. Dalberg Advisors Global Managing Partner Edwin Macharia shares more in Kenya’s Business Daily.

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Addressing women’s time poverty in India

Indian women do 10 times more unpaid care work than Indian men, and challenges related to COVID-19 have increased the burden on women by an estimated 30%. Dalberg built on its research on time poverty globally to make a case for a more equal and intentional distribution of unpaid work.

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Tracking the crisis response in developing nations

A new Dalberg database spotlights the policies and measures governments are taking to control the spread of the pandemic and manage its impacts.

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Charting the Future of Africa’s Largest Economy: Economic impact of COVID-19 in Nigeria

What Covid-19 means for Africa’s largest economy

Nigeria’s economy is still in recovery from the last recession, and the pandemic will present new challenges on top of those the nation is already experiencing. But hope exists, too —in places that might not be obvious at the outset.

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How Emergency Operations Centers can help BMGF+Dalberg Africa

Not the first virus, not the first crisis: how Emergency Operations Centers can help

During a crisis, Emergency Operations Centers help save lives and minimize socioeconomic losses. Dalberg worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during the 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic to establish EOCs. This is what we learned.

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Galvanizing Kenya’s private sector to combat a global pandemic together

Through Safe Hands Kenya, all Kenyans will have access to essential sanitation supplies, plus access to consumer education campaigns aimed at driving adoption.

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Financing ‘Missing Middle’ enterprises in the age of Covid-19: leveraging nontraditional finance pathways in emerging markets

Covid-19 has made access to capital for small and growing businesses (SGBs) in emerging markets more essential than ever. Drivers of job creation and inclusive economic growth, these “missing middle” businesses—too big for microfinance, too small or risky for banks or private equity firms—face existential threats from stay-at-home orders, disrupted supply chains and other pandemic fallout.

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What does philanthropic leadership look like in a time of crisis? Heads of the world’s leading foundations share what needs to be done

The heads of the world’s pre-eminent foundations came together in a webinar hosted by Dalberg and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The topic: Philanthropic Leadership in the COVID-19 Crisis. Watch the highlights video, and see the three key lessons that emerged.

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How data can help fight a health crisis like the coronavirus

Using data for the public good

Insights into the spread of disease lead to more effective responses. Dalberg Data Insights’ Rositsa Zaimova shares more about how data can be leveraged to identify the most vulnerable communities on the World Economic Forum blog.

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Data Against Covid19

Data against Covid-19: bridging access to critical information

Public health and government leaders are pressed to make unprecedented decisions at every turn in the fight against Covid-19. Yet informed decisions require access to the right data—which is often not available. A new toolkit from Dalberg Data Insights helps optimize existing data to aid leaders in making truly informed decisions.

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Inequity testing

Inequity in Covid-19 testing in the US: how DC’s response to HIV/AIDS could help

Covid-19 is disproportionately impacting lower-income minority populations across the United States. In Washington DC, 46% of Covid-19 cases and 75% of deaths have occurred among blacks, who account for 44% of the overall population. Only 15% of cases and 11% of deaths are among whites who comprise 46% of the overall population.

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Shaping an equitable future in the US

Shaping an equitable future for care workers in the US

How can we use the current focus on the care economy to take steps that lead to a more equitable future for childcare and home healthcare professionals?

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Tanzania’s sunflower sector is paving the way for future industrialization and sustainable growth

Tanzania has the opportunity to strengthen a sector that can improve the livelihoods of millions of families, while improving domestic food security. Thanks to innovative shifts in country-level policy and a new framework for industrialization, Tanzania may soon become more self-reliant in the production of cooking oil and serve as a model for industrialization for…

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Leadership in the time of pandemic

Leadership in the time of a pandemic

When it comes to finding solutions in a crisis, leaders who respond with compassion and empathy dig deeper. Dalberg Advisors Global Managing Partner Edwin Macharia shares more in Kenya’s Business Daily.

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