ICT and Big Data

The digital revolution is one of the greatest and most transformative events in human history, presenting both opportunity and a responsibility to harness technology for a prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable world. Technology is creating new jobs, lowering transaction costs, and delivering vital information to those who need it most. At Dalberg, we work with private companies, governments, leading foundations, NGOs, and civil society groups to harness digital technology for amplified impact, sustainable value, and cost reduction in sectors ranging from health to agriculture, from energy to financial services. We use big data analysis to build tools to help policymakers and other stakeholders plan more effective projects.

Swetha Totapally

Swetha Totapally is an Associate Partner based in San Francisco and Bombay. She is a leader of the firm’s technology and gender equality practice areas. She seeks to identify when and how best to use technology to reduce inequality and make progress on important gender outcomes, especially for South Asian women. She has advised a wide range of clients including major publicly listed companies, foundations and philanthropic organizations, non-profits, and multilateral institutions on development-related issues. 

Rym Keramane

Rym is an Associate Partner based in Dakar. Her work covers West and North Africa, and focuses on strategic planning, program design, and implementation. She has experience in inclusive economic development, youth employment and entrepreneurship, agriculture, and ICT.  

Dayoung Lee

Dayoung Lee is an Associate Partner based in Mumbai and a co-lead of the Education to Employment Practice. Her other focus areas include early childhood & youth development, gender, health, ICT and monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEL). She enjoys working at the intersection of strategy and human-centred design and is excited about leveraging technology right to enhance and scale impact.

AIDA, the Action Insights Data Platform, Launches in Uganda

“We are launching a new and innovative Big Data platform in Uganda with UNCDF and Dalberg Data Insight. This will allow public authorities in the country to take better decisions and make stronger assessments. Think of using social media data to strengthen disaster response or telecom data to enrich national statistics as a solid basis for human-centred policymaking. It is the first step of building a local data ecosystem, the beginning of a larger scale-up across emerging countries. We want to give the value of the data back to the people.” 

DigiFarm Wins a Fast Company 2018 World Changing Idea Award

Smallholder farmers – which number over half a million in Kenya alone – are among the most underserved group by financial and information services. Investment in this sector is hampered by lack of understanding and visibility into what, exactly, smallholder farmers need and want.

Improving the Lives of Marginalized Farmers Through Technology



The Curious Case of Myanmar: Can the Country Leapfrog to Digital Financial Inclusion?

A digitally savvy population. A rapidly growing economy. A leapfrogging mindset.

It may be hard to believe that these characteristics describe present-day Myanmar, a country that just five years ago faced economic stagnation. But as reforms have been brought into action, Myanmar’s fledgling journey of economic transformation has shown promise.

Kunal Walia

Kunal Walia is an Associate Partner in New Delhi. He brings over a decade of experience in management consulting and ICT working in India and other emerging markets in Asia. His has worked with stakeholders across the communications value chain including telcos, infrastructure providers, media companies, digital service providers and PE investors, helping them around strategy, feasibility, investment advisory.

Mobile Money Innovation Strategy for a Pan-Africa Telecommunications Company

We developed strategy recommendations and a high-level roadmap for opening mobile money APIs to a pan-African telecommunications company. Our assessments involved country selection, a quantified business case, revenue models, road map of next steps and a go-to-market strategy.