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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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ASIA

Sasakawa Peace Foundation – Asia women’s impact fund strategy

Dalberg Global Development Advisors was appointed by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) to conduct an initial market assessment of the landscape of gender lens investing in Asia and Theory of Change for the Women’s Impact Fund, a USD 100 million impact investment fund that aims to increase positive gender outcomes in Asia. For more information about the fund, follow the link here.

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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

Government of Canada & World Economic Forum – Convergence Platform Development

Dalberg designed and launched Convergence, the world’s first blended finance platform that helps public and private investors connect to execute transactions in emerging and frontier markets. Convergence includes an investor match-making platform, grant funding for the design of innovative new financing products, and knowledge tools to build investors’ understanding and ability to utilize blended finance

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SENEGAL

Launching the Senegal women’s investment club

We designed and launched a commercially-oriented investment platform where women can learn from one another. The Senegal Women’s Investment Club is the first initiative in the region to mobilize exclusively female investment into a broad portfolio that over time will bridge the gender finance gap by supporting women-led businesses.

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AFRICA

AFDB – Design and structuring of the fund for energy inclusion

Dalberg designed and structured a $500 m African Development Bank (AfDB) debt facility to support the scaling of renewable energy providers. Dalberg advised on market positioning and capital structure of the facility, management structure, and domiciliation, and supported the fundraising and fund manager recruitment processes. The facility was designed to provide support to off-grid companies and to small-scale power producers. AfDB’s board subsequently made a $100 m commitment to the facility.

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ECUADOR

Supporting FINCA Ecuador’s growth

We worked with microfinance organization FINCA Ecuador to identify, evaluate and recommend effective strategies to remain competitive and expand its portfolio. FINCA Ecuador provides access to socially responsible financial services that allow low-income communities and individuals to invest in their future.

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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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AFRICA

Structuring a 500 million USD facility for energy inclusion

We designed and structured the African Development Bank’s 500 million USD Facility for Energy Inclusion to support renewable energy access continent-wide through off-grid solar, mini-grid and small independent power producers. The FEI is expected to catalyze energy access for an estimated 3 million people.

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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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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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GLOBAL

Expanding the movement of women funding women and girls

We collaborated with Women Moving Millions to develop a ‘call to action’ report that serves to define and expand the movement of women funding women and girls.

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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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AFRICA, ASIA

Developing the scope of a water and sanitation fund

After assessing the commercial and impact investment potential of the water and sanitation market in low and middle-income countries, we recommended to Private Infrastructure Development Group the establishment of a new fund. We identified opportunities for the fund in 14 countries across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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GLOBAL

Sizing the market potential for water and sanitation infrastructure in low and low/middle-income countries

We supported the World Bank’s Private Infrastructure Development Group to size the commercial market potential for water and sanitation infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries, identify opportunities and develop investment strategies

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INDIA

Social Venture Fund Manager – Fund strategy

Dalberg supported a Social Venture Fund Manager in refining their strategy and developing pitch materials for a new global impact investing fund to be presented to their board and other LPs, before going into the market for fundraising. The fund is currently investing in India, Brazil, and East Africa with a focus on unmet consumer needs in emerging markets.

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EAST AFRICA

Omidyar & Dutch Good Growth Fund – SGB segmentation study

Dalberg developed a segmentation framework of SGBs and formal SMEs in frontier and emerging markets. ​Dalberg conducted a supply- and demand-side literature review, held over 50+ interviews with a variety of financial service providers, including debt, equity, and mezzanine investors, conducted a workshop at Sankalp, and conducted human-centered-design research in Mumbai to better understand how behavioral traits affect external financing needs. ​​

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EAST AFRICA, SOUTH-EAST ASIA

Creating an impact investment strategy to increase access to energy

We supported the impact investment strategy for a US-based family office to address financing gaps in energy access value chains in South Asia and East Africa.

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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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EAST AFRICA

Developing a five-year strategic plan for a pension scheme

We worked with a pension scheme to develop a 5-year strategic plan, including analysis of past performance, financial modelling to decide strategic asset allocations, investment decisions and performance indicators, workshops for priority alignment, and benchmarking.

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EAST AFRICA

Developing a five-year strategy for an East African investment group

We developed a detailed 5-year strategy for a leading East African investment group. We reviewed past performance, conducted an opportunity analysis, facilitated workshops with senior management, and advised on structuring challenges, investment strategy and organizational capabilities.

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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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GLOBAL

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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AFRICA, ASIA

GIIN – West Africa and South Asia impact investing market mapping

Dalberg created a database of impact investments in India, segmented investors based on impact intent and measure impact, and co-authored a comprehensive landscape report detailing the key trends and challenges in the sector from the supply-side and demand-side, and in the ecosystem. The final report was disseminated by the GIIN and Dalberg at various international fora, and is being used as a public resource published on the GIIN website, directed towards financial institutions, impact enterprises, policy-makers, and the general public.

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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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MEXICO

FMO – Evaluation of Accion Frontier Investment Fund (AFIF)

Dalberg evaluate FMO’s investment in Accion Frontier Investment Fund (AFIF) at three levels: FMO’s investment in AFIF, AFIF’s investment into portfolio companies, and the portfolio companies’ impact on small businesses. Dalberg analyzed the landscape of fintech innovations in Mexico, South Africa and India, interviewed key stakeholders to distil key learning, and undertook a quantitative and qualitative survey of end users. The evaluation will be used by FMO to inform its fintech strategy going forward and to share learnings and impact with the broader audience.

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INDIA

Studying inclusive businesses in India and Sri Lanka

We conducted a market scoping study of the inclusive business sector in India and Sri Lanka to understand how lack of debt and equity finance is limiting businesses’ growth and impact. We made recommendations on the design of a proposed Asian Development Bank inclusive business private equity fund.

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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Due diligence and valuation of a Telecom player

We conducted a rapid commercial due diligence and valuation of a telecom player with a portfolio of 4G LTE spectrum across 14 countries. We used multiple technical valuation approaches, including proprietary modelling tailored to the Sub-Saharan African context.

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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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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

Facilitating a merger of three consumer goods companies

We facilitated the merging of three consumer goods companies by conducting financial valuations, analyzing historical performance and projecting future value with and without consolidation. Our recommendations were accompanied by communications plans and a 100-day post-merger implementation plan to guide execution. ​

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UGANDA

Extending energy access to rural and underserved areas in Uganda

We identified suitable pilot and financing partners to extend energy access to more rural, underserved areas in Uganda. We engaged energy providers and financiers in the country to understand incentives structures that can increase access to energy.

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GLOBAL

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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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

Reviewing the feasibility of a development impact bond for population services international

We examined Population Services International’s portfolio of health interventions for suitability for creating a Development Impact Bond (DIB). We articulated the value proposition of DIBs, identified investors and outcome payers, created assessment criteria, and selected five interventions best suited for a DIB.

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GLOBAL

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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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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GLOBAL

New Report: Financing Sustainable City Cancer Treatment Infrastructure

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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GLOBAL

Designing and implementing the world’s first blended finance platform

We designed and implemented Convergence, a platform that brings together public, philanthropic and private investors for blended finance investments in emerging and frontier markets.​ Convergence is incorporated in Toronto, Canada and has secured 18.5 million USD in catalytic funding.

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ASIA, SOUTH-EAST ASIA

The impact investing industry in South Asia

We produced a comprehensive overview of the impact investing industry in South Asia to improve awareness of sector trends, challenges and prospects among key stakeholders including financial institutions, impact enterprises, policymakers and the public.

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