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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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AFRICA

Supporting Malawi’s first national community health strategy

Dalberg supported USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII) and the Malawi’s Ministry of Health to develop the country’s first National Community Health Strategy. The NCHS could save over 6,000 lives each year and generate at least a 3:1 return on investment.​

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UICC – Design and feasibility assessment of the healthy cities fund

The Union for International Cancer Control and the Healthy City Partnership engaged Dalberg to explore and design the Healthy Cities Fund, with the objective of financing city-level health infrastructure in low and middle-income countries. The Dalberg team undertook a market assessment, including desk research and interviews with different health financing experts globally to identify current sources and uses of health infrastructure financing, financing needs and gaps and barriers that inhibit investment. We were then engaged to develop different design options for the fund’s strategy and structure.

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Supporting the launch of global health innovations

We produced a report, toolkit and workbook to help innovators and practitioners think through, plan and execute scalable and successful global health innovations from bench to bedside. Accompanying examples provide context and demonstrate ideas in practice.

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Safe surgery 2020: Reducing preventable deaths from surgically treatable conditions

We designed and implemented Safe Surgery 2020 – an initiative working to reduce preventable deaths from surgically treatable conditions. We collaborate with ministries of health, academia, NGOs and surgical teams in low-income areas to support a transformation in patient outcomes.

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INDIA

Developing a roadmap to invest in healthcare in India

We helped USAID to develop a roadmap to invest in healthcare in India. We identified three key priorities for their investments: strengthen the financing landscape for health, engage the private sectors to improve health outcomes, and support innovative products, technologies, processes and business models.

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Measuring the effectiveness of advocacy

We designed a two-year controlled trial with the UN Foundation to measure the effectiveness of an advocacy campaign aiming to increase U.S. Members of Congress’ support for malaria prevention and vaccinations in the Global South.

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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

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NIGERIA

Reducing neonatal mortality by increasing the use of chlorhexidine

We designed a toolkit to engage the private sector and communities to increase use of chlorhexidine – an antiseptic which reduces neonatal mortality. We explored barriers and opportunities related to behavior change through interviews, home and clinic visits and professional workshops.

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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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Designing a funding mechanism for hypertension interventions

We designed an intervention to address hypertension (high blood pressure) in low- and middle-income countries. We selected three cities to pilot the intervention, and recommended a financing approach whereby a coalition of strategic private sector actors demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of an integrated approach to combating hypertension.

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Creating a strategy for access to appropriate pricing for vaccines

We worked with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to ensure access to appropriate vaccine pricing for countries transitioning away from the organization’s support. We recommended a payment mechanism to provide pre-financing to countries to procure vaccines on a need basis.

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ETHIOPIA, KENYA

Studying how policies and regulations affect healthcare

We conducted country landscape assessments in Kenya and Ethiopia to understand how policies and regulations affecting healthcare were created. We identified key influencers of health policies, evaluated how advocacy strategies can be most influential, and developed a theory of change and results framework for those strategies.

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ASIA

Identifying talent to lead Gavi’s immunization programs in Asia

We worked with Gavi to deploy experienced global public health managers to support their Expanded Programs on Immunization in several countries across Asia. We recruited managers who integrate strategic analysis with technical expertise to provide game-changing insights, and provided these managers with strategic oversight over a two-year period.

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CENTRAL AMERICA

Scaling access to clean cooking solutions in Central America

We supported the World Bank and the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in scaling and reaching universal access to clean cooking solutions by developing a roadmap and investment prospectus for the 2015-2019.

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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.

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Accelerating the financing of critical healthcare commodities

We supported a multi-donor trust fund focused on reproductive, maternal and child health to design and launch a Commodities Credit Facility that accelerates the financing and provision of critical healthcare commodities in developing countries.

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Furthering sleeping sickness control efforts

We worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to re-evaluate its strategy to further sleeping sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis, TB gambiense) control efforts, and determine the potential of a push to eliminate the disease.

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AFRICA

Supporting who afro’s transformation agendasupporting-who-afros-transformation-agenda

We supported the WHO AFRO’s transformation agenda to improve its efficacy, accountability and responsiveness in dealing with health situations in the continent, and realign organizational structure with strategic priorities. We recommended improving key business processes, improving top-heavy pyramids, and facilitating better ways of working for intercountry teams.

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Prototyping market entry strategies in global health

We worked with a large global health organization to prototype market entry strategies for two product innovations, one in reproductive health and the other a tablet-based application for labor and delivery across multiple markets in East Africa and Asia

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ETHIOPIA, INDIA, KENYA

Defining the process of institutionalizing deworming programs

We helped CIFF define and understand the process of institutionalizing deworming programs. We created a framework to evaluate the institutionalization of deworming programs, and to signal the potential sustainability of the project after the funding cycle has ended.

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MOZAMBIQUE

Designing and implementing a performance based Malaria Bond

We partnered with a private-sector coalition to design, issue, and implement the Mozambique Malaria Performance Bond on behalf of the government of Mozambique. The bond will increase funding for, and the efficiency of, malaria interventions through a pay-for-performance mechanism.

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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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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Supporting the fighting Ebola grand challenge portfolio

We provided human centered design support to seven promising solutions from the Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge portfolio, each targeting different layers in the public health ecosystem.

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