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EXPLORE A SNAPSHOT OF OUR EXPERIENCE

We partner with and serve communities, governments and companies throughout the world, providing an innovative mix of services across a broad range of topics. Select one of the sectors or services below to learn more about Dalberg’s approach, and explore some of our projects and initiatives on the map.

Agriculture
Analytics
Cities
Conflict
Education
Energy
Environment
Financial Inclusion
Gender
Health
Design
ICT
Investing
Implementation
Infrastructure
MEL
Policy
Research
Strategy
Water

Agriculture and Food Security

Put simply, agriculture drives development. Agriculture today accounts for 10% of global economic output and provides livelihoods for more than 2 billion people in low and middle-income countries. Our experience ranges from analyzing and improving agricultural value chains, to increasing public and private investments into the sector, and establishing inclusive supply chains. A significant proportion of our work focuses on understanding, empowering, and advocating for smallholder farmers.

Analytics

We use a data-driven approach to define and accelerate sustainable and inclusive growth. Even in data scare environments, we source reliable and timely data, produce comprehensive landscaping studies and build customized models. We create specialized, user-friendly tools that allow organizations to gain meaningful insights and better target, implement, and evaluate their programs and initiatives.

Cities

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.

Conflict and Humanitarian Aid

In the midst of limited funding, higher expectations, and a protracted refugee crisis, successful humanitarian action is increasingly difficult. But smarter solutions are within reach – we can help humanitarian actors face these changing dynamics. Dalberg helps clients design effective strategies, establish new partnerships, identify innovative financing sources, and improve aid delivery for timely and effective humanitarian responses. We support a diverse range of humanitarian actors in becoming more flexible and in preparing to face the humanitarian scenarios of the future. Our expertise spans strategy design, product and service development, impact measurement, and advocacy.

Education to Employment

The potential of youth remains untapped today. Over 200 million people are out of work globally, resulting in social and political conflicts and migration, and permanently lowered future productive potential and earnings. Dalberg partners with educational institutions, corporations, foundations, NGOs, and governments to strengthen the education to employment pathway. Our expertise includes employment acceleration through aptitude matching, labor market analysis, and strategic investment for job creation.

Energy

We help our clients – from governments to multinationals and financial institutions – increase the supply of economically viable, environmentally sustainable, socially equitable energy.  Our expertise spans designing evidence-based strategies for entering emerging markets, developing business models for doing business with low-income consumers, policy analysis, innovative financing to find energy delivery models.

Environment

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.

Financial Inclusion

An estimated 2 billion people lack access to formal financial services, like bank accounts, that are critical to transact efficiently, accumulate wealth, and protect against shocks. Additionally, 200 million informal and formal businesses are financially unserved or underserved – without access to the capital they need to grow. Dalberg works with companies, foundations, development institutions, and governments to develop innovative strategies for providing high-quality, appropriate financial services to underserved individuals, communities, and businesses. Our expertise includes catalyzing investment, designing solutions such as savings products, and bringing together public and private sector stakeholders to facilitate collective action.

Gender

Dalberg works with governments, foundations, NGOs, and companies to empower people of all genders and socioeconomic backgrounds to participate fully in economic, political, and social life. Based on principles of gender equity embodied across the Dalberg platform, we help our clients ensure that their greatest asset, people, thrive and achieve their full potential. We design programs that tackle root causes of gender inequalities and not the symptoms, alongside actively identifying and mitigating unintended consequences. Our past work has included strategy, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation.

Health and Nutrition

The political, social, and economic health of a nation and the health of its individual people are inextricably linked. Only with citizens of able body and mind can a country hope to build a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable economy and raise living standards. From product innovation to big data analysis to strengthening community health systems, Dalberg works with governments, donors, the private sector, and NGOs to achieve positive outcomes in global health and nutrition in the world’s most underserved regions.

Human-Centered Design

Human centered design (HCD) emerged from the private sector and has been gaining traction in the social impact field for fostering new and lasting solutions. HCD prioritizes a participatory, bottom-up process where end users and other stakeholders play a lead role in shaping solutions to meet their needs. We apply HCD methods to stakeholders across the entire value chain – from agents to government officials – to support better decision-making and institutional change. Our expertise includes service and program design, product and business prototypes, innovation strategy and capacity building and design labs.

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.

Impact Investing

We partner with a diverse range of investors, fund managers and supporting actors to maximize the financial and non-financial returns of their investments. We help our clients develop focused investment strategies to deploy their capital with impact. We bridge our clients’ objectives with the reality of local contexts, by structuring appropriate instruments and helping to guide effective execution. Our services range from one-off transaction advisory, to ongoing impact investment advisory, to fund structuring to eco-system and knowledge building.

Implementation

We understand that the best research, analysis, and strategic recommendations cannot alone change the world, that’s why we’ve begun to work alongside our clients to bring solutions to life.  We move beyond typical, linear project management trajectories, to an integrated project management unit that has insight across all phases of program implementation. We provide clients with dynamic access to the full range of Dalberg capabilities and capacity to, enhance and amplify development operations.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure is a backbone of development: power lines deliver energy to homes and businesses; pipes provide clean water to drink; roads, railways, and bridges connect communities; and internet connectivity fosters new digital economies. Sustainable infrastructure has the power to bolster the economic growth, resilience, health, and environments of entire nations. We support our clients – governments, private investors, institutions – to develop inclusive and sustainable infrastructure in emerging markets.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

At Dalberg, evaluation goes beyond reporting and accountability to the bigger picture: value creation. Without a focused learning agenda, mistakes are likely to be repeated and efficiencies unrealized; that’s why Dalberg partners with clients, networks, and emerging industries to develop fit for purpose monitoring, evaluation, and learning tools.  We build results measurement strategies, actionable learning agendas, and robust evaluation methodologies; we’ll develop evaluation strategies, lead and coordinate learning agendas, and conduct strategic reviews or rigorous evaluations.

Public Policy

Government policies play a crucial role in advancing – or impeding – economic well-being and human rights. Political decisions in the Global North around foreign aid amounts, trade policies, and environmental statutes reverberate around the world. Policymaking decisions in the developing world – from domestic resource mobilization through taxation to regulatory regimes governing the use of technology – can mean the difference between successful development programming and intractable barriers to impact. At Dalberg, we help clients seize political opportunities and confront constraints.

Research

From harnessing big data to door-to-door primary research to analytical approaches though participatory methods, Dalberg can employ the appropriate data collection strategy to answer any question. We provide quality primary data and in-depth research to help clients better understand the drivers of complex problems in emerging markets where data and insights are often sparse.

Strategy

Our world is rapidly changing. Geopolitical and economic balances are shifting and new multilateral and regional institutions are emerging. In this increasingly complex environment, formulating the right strategy is crucial. We support governments, multilateral organizations, corporations, NGOs, and foundations to design strategies that will maximize their scale, efficiency and impact, either at the organizational level or for specific programs and markets. Our experience spans public, private, and social sectors and includes the creation of: organizational strategies, investment strategies, new initiative designs and program implementation roadmaps.

Water and Sanitation

Water is a vital resource for life, but less than 0.1% of water on the Earth is fresh and accessible. Populations increase, economies grow, and urbanization continues, yet water supply has not kept pace.  By 2030, water demand will outstrip supply by 40% globally as industry, agriculture, and consumers compete for this valuable resource. Dalberg works with governments, NGOs, businesses, and foundations to develop solutions that address the infrastructural, behavioral, and policy roots of complex, water-related problems. We enable our clients to plan, develop, distribute, and manage freshwater resources effectively to protect the lives and potential of people and our environment.

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NIGERIA

Supporting the formation of the fund for agricultural finance in Nigeria

We designed and launched the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN): a $100 million private equity fund for small- and mid-sized enterprises to accelerate Nigerian agricultural development. To date, FAFIN has received $66 million in funding.

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GLOBAL

Creating a strategy to invest in ICT4AG

We helped a leading foundation invest in ICT4Ag solutions to support smallholders and catalyze agricultural transformation. ​We created an analytical framework to assess the landscape, analyzed trends and opportunities in the sector, and built a pipeline of investment opportunities.

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WEST AFRICA

IFC – Agriculture value chain investment opportunity scan

Dalberg supported the IFC to carry out a mapping and a competitiveness analysis of six agricultural value chains (coffee, cocoa, cashew, palm oil, cotton and livestock) as well as inputs, in selected countries in East and West Africa. The Dalberg team undertook extensive primary and secondary data collection and analysis to map the value chains, assess their competitiveness through establishing regional and international benchmarks, and recommended specific investment and advisory opportunities

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NIGERIA

KFW – design and structuring of the fund for agricultural finance in Nigeria

Dalberg designed and helped launch the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) on behalf of KfW and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. ​The fund concept emerged from an assessment study of the Nigerian agricultural finance market by Dalberg, where we found the biggest gap in growth capital for small and mid-sized enterprises.

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GLOBAL

Direct-to-farmer finance innovation spaces playbook

We led collaborative research, design and ideation with the Initiative for Smallholder Finance to explore innovative models for direct-to-farmer finance providers to better serve smallholder farmers. Based on engagement with farmers, donors and providers, we identified five breakthrough opportunities for innovation.

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AFGHANISTAN

Assessing an agricultural investment strategy

We assessed the agricultural investment strategy of a major foreign government presence in Afghanistan, with an active portfolio of 1.15 billion USD. We evaluated the interventions currently funded, analyzed impact to date and future potential, and determined a balanced portfolio moving forward.

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KENYA

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.

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GHANA, KENYA

How would farmers measure the impact of financial solutions

We worked with the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab to better understand the impact of agricultural finance on farmers in Ghana and Kenya. We undertook in-depth interviews with farmers to understand their perspectives on success to inform future approaches to measuring impact.

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AFRICA, KENYA

Examining international value chains

We partnered with the World Bank on their flagship project on international agriculture value chains in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. We interviewed value chain actors, food processors, government institutions and over 600 farmers to examine the impact of scheme arrangements and discuss supply chains.

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SRI LANKA

Structuring a small and medium-size enterprise venture capital fund

We structured a small and medium-size enterprise venture capital fund and designed a bond issuance to support the plantation industry in Sri Lanka. We assessed the demand for seed and expansion capital among SMEs and made recommendations on the structuring of the fund.

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ETHIOPIA

Creating an organizational strategy for Ethiopian agricultural transformation agency

We developed the first organizational strategy for the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, with a focus on internal structure, talent development and retention, and a transition plan to become a fully Ethiopian team within five years as part of an ambitious growth plan.

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AFRICA

Establishing a Cassava financing facility

We established a cassava financing facility in Ghana, Nigeria and Mozambique to provide access to finance to processors in the cassava value chain. We identified a pipeline of primary processors to be invested and potential partners, and designed a financing facility

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AFRICA

Designing a $24 billion agricultural transformation strategy

We worked with the African Development Bank to design a ten-year, continent-wide agricultural transformation strategy.

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AFRICA

Evaluating two agricultural inventions in Sub-Saharan Africa

We evaluated the income and nutrition related impact of the two interventions in selected agricultural clusters in Benin, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania. We interviewed a totally of 4,800 farmers of a specific crop.

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GLOBAL

Impact investment mandate for a family foundation

We were the dedicated investment manager to a family foundation focused on agribusiness, renewable energy and waste management in Africa and Southeast Asia. We supported the definition of their impact investing strategy and led the execution of their investments

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GLOBAL

Integrating gender into an agricultural portfolio

We developed a strategy to integrate gender-responsive interventions across the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s agricultural portfolio. We articulated the investment case for gender-responsive interventions and created a strategic framework for identifying key gender constraints at each step along the agricultural value chain.

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TANZANIA

Transforming public sector agriculture interventions in Tanzania

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a first-of-its-kind grant to Dalberg to drive cultural change within the public sector agricultural system of Tanzania, with the target of launching more effective and efficient ways of doing business.

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ETHIOPIA, KENYA, RWANDA, TANZANIA, UGANDA

Conducting the World Bank’s global value chain survey

We conducted the World Bank’s Global Value Chain (GVC) Survey in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia. We interviewed around 45 businesses in agriculture and apparel in each country on the inputs needed to create an enabling environment for local goods and services suppliers to participate in GVCs

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KENYA

Interviewing 2,800 farmers to evaluate Plantwise Clinics

We conducted a survey across 14 counties in Kenya to evaluate Plantwise clinics, which diagnose plant health problems. We evaluated the local sources of information on soil fertility and plant diseases, and listed over 5,600 farmers across 300 locations in Kenya, interviewing 2,800 of them.

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BANGLADESH

Studying the rice market in Bangladesh

We completed a value chain study of the Bangladeshi rice market for GAIN, with the aim of increasing 55 million households access to nutrient fortified rice. We assessed four nutritious rice concepts and developed a full business case for the most commercially viable intervention.

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KENYA

Studying smallholder farmers’ use of financial services in Kenya

We conducted a benchmark study for Mercy Corps on the use of financial services by smallholder farmers in Kenya who live on under $2.5 a day. The research focused on the pain points that prevent them from achieving financial health, and their current uses and perceptions of technology.

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SENEGAL

New offerings and business models for financial inclusion

Dalberg partnered with CGAP and myAgro to conduct research, ideation and prototyping across Senegal to understand smallholder farmers’ unmet needs, prioritize new product propositions and design and prototype new solutions.

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TANZANIA

Customizing digital credit for smallholder farmers in Tanzania

We explored the causes of smallholder farmers’ low uptake in digital credit in Tanzania by using an HCD approach. Based on our findings, we designed and prototyped a new digital credit product for smallholder farmers and evaluated their response to it.

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NIGERIA

Launching the Rockefeller Foundation Cassava Innovation Challenge

We designed, launched and managed the Rockefeller Foundation Cassava Innovation Challenge, together with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. The challenge offered up to 1 million USD in funding to novel solutions that can increase the shelf life of cassava in Nigeria.

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GUINEA

Facilitating the delivery unit for the Prime Minister of Guinea

We designed and launched the delivery unit for the Prime Minister of Guinea to improve delivery of key government initiatives. We are running pilot projects in agriculture, mining and governance as well as a leadership initiative to build capacity within relevant government institutions.

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