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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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AMERICAS, COLOMBIA

CREATING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN CARTAGENA

We developed strategies to restore livelihoods for those most affected by the implementation of a new Bus Rapid Transit system in Cartagena called Transcaribe. The strategies we developed will help to transition up to 5,000 vulnerable workers to stable employment.

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INDIA

UBSOF – Quality education India development impact bond

Dalberg is working with UBS Optimus Foundation, BAT, MSDF and Tata Trusts on the design and performance management of the “Quality Education India” Development Impact Bond. Dalberg identified the most suitable NGOs, designed the financing model and coordinated different stakeholders. Dalberg designed a performance management framework and will be working with NGOs to diagnose potential challenges in interventions, and is planning to develop recommendations around addressing those challenges

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UNLEASH

UNLEASH is a global initiative envisioning to build the world’s leading platform for novel and scalable solutions to reach the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each year leading up to 2030, 1,000 hand-picked talents will come together for an immersive 10 days of co-creation to develop smart, implementable and scalable solutions to the SDGs.

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AFRICA

Increasing employment opportunities for women in Southeast Asia through ICT

We analyzed interventions that leverage ICT for female participation in the workforce. We recommended investments to a foundation which could help over 20 million women in Southeast Asia begin and remain productive in their work.

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INDIA

Supporting the expansion of educate girls

We supported Educate Girls to identify a new country to expand its program to and developed a high-level roadmap for expansion. We helped the NGO to increase its beneficiary base to improve enrolment and retention outcomes in a new country.

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LATIN AMERICA

Launching a corporate leadership program for Inter-American Development Bank

We supported the Inter-American Development Bank to launch a corporate leadership program that helps leading companies in Latin America and the Caribbean develop and implement sustainable bottom of the pyramid business lines​.

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AFGHANISTAN

Spurring employment and development in Afghanistan

We developed sector specific strategies to determine how the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development could meaningfully engage in Kabul and 6 provinces in North-Eastern Afghanistan, to spur economic development and employment generation.

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AFRICA

The impact of investments on education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

We demonstrated how impact investment can support the growth and integration of education systems in sub-Saharan Africa. The report details the impact of private investment across students, providers, governments and investors.

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EL SALVADOR

Attracting private investment in El Salvador

We developed a strategy to attract private investment in El Salvador using the tools of Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Compact with the country. The Compact between MCC and the government of El Salvador focuses on investing in regulatory reforms, education, and logistical infrastructure.

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GLOBAL

The global opportunity in Online Outsourcing

We studied the potential of online outsourcing to be an innovative channel for socioeconomic development by raising youth employment, service exports and participation in the digital economy. We assessed country readiness, the unique role of governments and the real experiences of online workers through individual profiles.

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INDIA

Developing a hygiene intervention in urban schools in Mumbai

We helped a design firm develop and evaluate their hygiene intervention in government-run urban schools in Mumbai. We developed communication tools to facilitate partnerships with large multinationals that have an interest in boosting good hygiene practices among low-income communities in Mumbai.

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UNITED STATES

Advancing college success for low-income youth in America

To advance college success for low-income youth in America, we researched the main challenges and opportunities students face. We developed a strategy to inform program and operational activities for Better Make Room and Reach Higher — Michelle Obama’s initiatives for higher education

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INDIA

The first development impact bond fund for education in India

We designed and launched the first Development Impact Bond Fund to improve the quality of primary school education in India. We identified the most suitable education organizations, designed a financing mechanism, and coordinated negotiations and responsibilities of the fund consortium.

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GLOBAL

Commercial due diligence of a private secondary school chain

We conducted commercial due diligence of a private secondary school chain for middle income households. We assessed their marketing strategy, positioning, the socio-economic profile of parents and relevant supply/demand factors, alongside identifying key market trends and establishing financial benchmarks for expansion.

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GLOBAL

Designing and launching a Billion Dollar fund for primary education

We developed a funding strategy for a 1 billion USD facility to accelerate universal primary education. We identified key barriers and interventions opportunities, conducted due diligence and advised on funding opportunities. Our cross-functional team also supported organizational setup, governance and external stakeholder engagement.

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GLOBAL

Youth unemployment: The challenges and related solutions

High youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems confronting societies around the world – and especially acute for young people in developing countries. We created a website to lay out the landscape of challenges and related solutions in the youth unemployment ecosystem.

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RWANDA

Generating employment opportunities for youth in Rwanda

We worked with the MasterCard Foundation to create employment opportunities for youth and support the transition of the Rwandan economy by expanding economic opportunities in the hospitality value chain and developing ICT skills among youth.

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AFRICA

Launching a Pan-African youth employment peer learning network

To address the lack of coordination amongst youth employment organizations in Africa, we collaborated with the Umsizi Fund to bring together some of the most demand-driven youth employment organizations into a peer learning network.

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AFRICA

Economic opportunities for youth

We mapped economic opportunities for youth in Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania, DRC, and Cambodia as part of the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s YouthStart Global Programme. We identified partners that were best placed to develop and run programs that address the challenges of youth unemployment.

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AFRICA

Developing an e-learning platform

We worked with Mercy Corps to support an end-to-end e-learning platform start-up to grow and create impact across Africa. We determined the market opportunity for the platform, and prioritized four growth drivers: content focus, pricing models and bundled offerings, advertising, and licensing.

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GLOBAL

Designing and implementing a funding and financing framework for global education

Dalberg supported GPE to design and implement an innovative new funding and financing framework that would enable GPE to much more effectively deliver on its strategy. We led analysis and extensive stakeholder consultations that led to GPE’s Board approving changes to increase the efficacy of its core funding model, while also launching new financing mechanisms to support innovation, global advocacy and blended financing for global education.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Launching the first social impact bond in South Africa

We worked with mothers2mothers to bring to market the Impact Bond Innovation Fund – a first-of-its kind outcomes based financing mechanism for Early Childhood Development in South Africa with a target fund size of 48 million ZAR for its Cape Town pilot.

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NIGERIA

Tackling youth unemployment in Nigeria

We assessed the effect of policy on financial inclusion in Nigeria through interviews with over 50 stakeholders from commercial and microfinance banks, mobile operators, and enabling institutions such as card companies and regulators. The resulting report bolstered advocacy efforts to increase access to financial services

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NIGERIA

Transforming senior secondary education in Nigeria

We conducted a study focusing on transforming senior secondary education in Nigeria. We explored on the implications of the adoption of the new technical and vocational curriculum across Nigeria. We reviewed the state of the vocational curriculum rollout across Nigeria through visits and interviews with stakeholders in 6 states, and identified opportunities for Ford Foundation and others to intervene.

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