Cities drive the economic performance of nations and the pace of development around the world. Cities are home to more than half the world’s population now and will be home to two-thirds of the world’s population by 2050. We work with diverse urban actors to help cities define purposeful goals and plans, identify challenges, collaborate through global networks and partnerships, experiment with potential solutions, and adapt to change continuously. We have supported inclusive and resilient urban growth through strategy, design, big data analysis and evaluation, and partnership-building.

Chasing viruses and elevating cities: global health’s old and new quests

The year 2017 witnessed multiple changes and fresh new challenges for the global health community. The WHO and the Global Fund elected new leadership at their helm, several promising public and private initiatives were launched, at a time where traditional donor funding is shrinking mainly due to anticipated U.S. government budget cuts to global health programs. Despite the prevailing context of uncertainty, we at Dalberg have selected two global health areas, old and new, that warrant a closer look: global health security and city-level focus to improve population health.

Malavika Jain Bambawale

Malavika is a Partner based in Dalberg’s Singapore office. Her experience includes projects in clean energy, smart cities, sustainable agriculture, and climate change and low carbon infrastructure development.

Prior to joining Dalberg, she led Accenture’s Strategy & Sustainability Practice in ASEAN. With her team, she delivered projects on smart cities, the adoption of energy-efficient technologies, new energy strategies, and traceability in agri-business and consumer goods. 

Developing a Consumer Behaviour Change Strategy to Drive Urban Sustainability

We analyzed New York City’s current footprint and carbon inventory to determine the ten most impactful actions consumers could take to improve the quality of the city's resource base and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in alignment with the city’s ambitious goals. This work formed the basis of the city's GreeNYC strategy to shift behaviour patterns for city residents.

What makes a “world-class” city ?

Atop the gleaming Four Seasons Hotel in Worli, Mumbai, wealthy locals and affluent tourists sit on plush couches and sip $18 cocktails. From this glamorous rooftop bar, five-star hotels, gleaming condominium towers, and other elements of the modern Mumbai skyline are visible, and that view is a testament to the city’s growing wealth. But a closer look reveals the many slums that dot the Mumbai landscape—slums that are stacked alongside highways, nestled under bridges, and even strewn across sidewalks.

New Report: Financing Sustainable City Cancer Treatment Infrastructure

This blog draws on findings from a new report from Dalberg and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), ‘C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge – Financing Sustainable City Cancer Treatment Infrastructure’. The publication was released at Davos, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, as part of the UICC’s City Cancer Challenge (C/Can 2025) initiative.

The threat of cancer has never been higher. Cancer now kills more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, and by 2025 most of its victims will be found outside of high-income countries.

Supporting C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge

We produced a publication with the UICC detailing why cities should invest in cancer treatment and how city leaders can leverage new sources of finance to fund the infrastructure. The report was launched at Davos, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting.

Designing a Pro-Poor Subsidy for Public Transportation in Bogota

We worked with the World Bank to design a pro-poor subsidy for public transportation in Bogota to expand access for lower income residents. We developed a detailed subsidy design, based on our analysis of global best practices, emerging technology solutions, and spatial distribution of trip makers.

Developing the City of Dakar's Resilience Strategy

As a strategy partner to 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, we helped the City of Dakar develop its resilience strategy, implementing an inclusive governance strategy to enable the city to better manage future shocks and on-going stresses.

Smart Maps for Smart Cities Urban India’s $8 Billion+ Opportunity

India will see the greatest migration to cities of any country in the world over the next 35 years, with over 400 million new inhabitants flooding into urban areas. Digital maps hold particular promise to help achieve the government of India’s ambitions around Smart Cities.

Our team started with a big, strategic question: What is the social and economic value of digital maps to India’s urban end-users: citizens, businesses, and government?


Jordan Fabyanske

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jordan is a Partner and global co-leader of Dalberg Advisors’ Inclusive Growth and Cities practice areas. Jordan’s work spans a broad range of development topics, including urban and regional development, industrial policy and clusters, systems analysis and resilience, and innovative finance. He has provided advice on strategy, organizational effectiveness, business planning, and the design of new partnerships and initiatives.