More than ever, the health and prosperity of individuals, communities, and nations are deeply intertwined with the natural ecosystems that sustain them. The great challenge of this century is to meet the growing demand for food, fresh water, energy, and other resources that advance human development while protecting our ecosystems. Meeting this challenge requires finding solutions at the intersection of human and natural systems. Our work — with businesses, governments, foundations, and non-profits — recognizes the interdependency of human progress and the environment to protect the world’s most vulnerable people and ecosystems. Our expertise includes strategy and policy design, partnership building and creation of financing models. 

Slippery Slopes: Protecting Pirin from Unsustainable Ski Expansion and Logging

Pirin National Park, one of Europe’s most important biodiversity hotspots, has suffered irreparable damage from the construction and expansion of Bansko ski resort, reveals a WWF report published today. The analysis finds that the ski resort, approved by Bulgaria’s government in 2000, has also compromised Pirin’s long-term economic value and delivered a mixed economic impact to date.

How Solar Power can be Made Even More Attractive for Africa

I was born and raised in Kenya, a child of the city brought up with a deep love for my ancestral home of Oyani. Nestled between Lake Victoria and the Maasai Mara, it was a place we fondly referred to as “the promised land”.

Inyenyeri and Dalberg Form a New Partnership to Bring Clean Cookstoves to sub Saharan Africa

Inyenyeri, an organization devoted to bringing clean cookstoves to Rwanda, is working with Dalberg, a collection of impact-driven business, to improve access to clean cookstoves.

[Video] Raw Talks Interviews Yana Kakar

Dalberg Advisors' Global Managing Partner Yana Kakar discusses how to sustainably transform the latent value of mining, oil and gas into development with Raw Talks. 



Developing the Field of Planetary Health

We worked with the Rockefeller Foundation to develop a new approach to addressing global human health challenges by understanding the underlying environmental foundations for health. We then identified specific entry points for investment. This new approach - Planetary Health - seeks to uncover new solutions to entrenched as well as emerging health challenges in developed and developing countries.

Supporting Sustainable Fisheries


Making small-scale fisheries sustainable is an urgent ecological, economic and social challenge.

Ocean fisheries are one of our most important and resilient resources, yet they are in crisis. Nearly 40% of fisheries have collapsed or are overexploited, risking the livelihoods and food security of billions of people and pressuring countless species in the world’s most bio-diverse waters. 

Vanishing Vaquita: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

A little known marine mammal found in northwest Mexico has been gaining global press attention for weeks now – and for good reason. The vaquita – a small porpoise known as the “panda of the sea” due to the distinctive black circles around its eyes – is on the verge of extinction.

Sonila Cook

Sonila leads Dalberg Advisors' Energy and Environment practice. Her work has included assisting the US government with a strategy for Haiti’s energy sector and assisting New York City with its engagement of consumers to combat climate change and improve environmental quality.

The Planet's Health is Essential to Prevent Infectious Disease
Originally published in The Guardian...

Surveying Smallholder Tea Farmers' Responses to Frost Mitigation

As part of USAID and NASA’s SERVIR initiative, we conducted a survey of 425 smallholder tea farmers in Kericho and Nandi Hills, Kenya, to examine their current behavior towards frost mitigation and response, and their perceptions as to the potential value of frost monitoring technology.