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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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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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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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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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INDONESIA

Increasing access to off-grid solar energy in Indonesia

We worked with a Japanese multi-national consumer electronics corporation to develop a business model for the delivery of solar energy to off-grid regions in Indonesia, specifically focusing on the development of a financially viable strategy for targeting relevant B2B clients, such as rural banks.

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EUROPE

Devising a Foreign Assistance Policy and Strategy for an International Development Ministry

A newly-created ministry for international development engaged Dalberg to devise its first foreign assistance policy and strategy. This strategy is set to guide up to USD $20 billion in development and humanitarian assistance over a five-year period. OUR APPROACH At the outset, the team consulted widely with government ministries, foundations, and charities to define a…

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GLOBAL

Identifying innovative financing mechanisms to reduce the cost of remittances

We were engaged by the Canadian International Development Agency to analyze the major cost drivers and market failures associated with international remittances.

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INDIA

Reviewing the gender gap in financial inclusion in India

We completed a landscape review of the gender gap in financial inclusion in India to inform our client’s work in the broader financial services and gender ecosystem. We integrated findings into a set of behavior patterns, and highlighted key action items for different stakeholders.

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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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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

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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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

Developing a market entry strategy for global biotechnology company

Dalberg was engaged by a global biotechnology company to develop a market entry strategy into emerging markets including Latin America, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa.​

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MOROCCO

Creating a strategy to engage the private sector in the Moroccan education system

We worked with the Millennium Challenge Corporation to guide its investment strategy and deployment of a fund to address challenges in the Moroccan education system. We developed investment criteria, structured the evaluation process, and identified high-potential investments to strengthen the education to employment pathway.

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MOZAMBIQUE, RWANDA, TANZANIA, URUGUAY, VIETNAM

Supporting change management of the UN’s ‘Delivering as One’ initiative

We supported change management of the UN’s ‘Delivering as One’ initiative in eight pilot countries – Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Vietnam. We helped to develop a common UN inter-agency approach to change management for the initiative

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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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GUATEMALA

Creating an inclusive growth strategy for Guatemala

We created an inclusive growth strategy for Guatemala in partnership with a collection of leading Guatemalan business people committed to the broader economic development of the country.

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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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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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INDIA

Bringing sustainable sanitation services to towns across India

We worked with CEPT University in India to bring sustainable and equitable sanitation services to small and medium towns in India. We worked closely with city governments and the private sector to implement a performance based contract for sanitation services.

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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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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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KENYA

Identifying innovative business models for direct-to-farmer financing

We conducted primary research with smallholder farmers and facilitated a multi-stakeholder system mapping and design lab to identify innovative business models for direct-to-farmer financing. We also created an innovation agenda for future product development investment.

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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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KENYA

Scaling up the sanitation and safe water for all program

We provided strategic insights on successes, lessons learnt, and recommendations to assist the scale up of the Sanitation and Safe Water for All program, a first-of-its-kind market transformation program in the water and sanitation sector by the International Finance Corporation in Kenya.

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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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GLOBAL

Smart practices that enhance the resilience of migrants

We supported the International Federation of the Red Cross to identify smart practices in service provision to migrants, outlining 59 smart practices and 13 operational enablers that address migrant needs and help enable effective operations.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Catalyst for growth

We piloted the SME Catalyst for Growth program with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation in 2012 to provide high-quality business development support to 20 South African SMEs. This pilot program grew into a non-profit which provides an analytics platform for business development support providers serving SMEs in South Africa.

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ETHIOPIA

Supporting Ethiopia’s Ministry of Industry to accelerate economic growth

We supported Ethiopia’s Ministry of Industry in identifying high-potential sectors that could serve as engines for the country’s economic growth, and allow them to meet the government’s ambitious five-year growth and transformation targets.

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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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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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LATIN AMERICA

Promoting growth of SMES in Latin America and the Caribbean

We designed a strategy for the Inter-American Investment Corporation to promote growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. We developed a market assessment of needs and gaps in financing SMEs in the region, and engaged key private sector players.

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COLOMBIA

Designing a pro-poor subsidy for public transportation in Bogota

We worked with the World Bank to design a pro-poor subsidy for public transportation in Bogota to expand access for lower income residents. We developed a detailed subsidy design, based on our analysis of global best practices, emerging technology solutions, and spatial distribution of trip makers.

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GLOBAL

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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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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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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UNITED STATES

Developing a strategic plan for the Center for Reproductive Rights

We supported the Center for Reproductive Rights to develop its five-year strategic plan by identifying key trends, challenges, and opportunities in the reproductive rights landscape and facilitating workshops to help the Center define its vision and core activities.

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INDONESIA

Developing branchless banking infrastructure in Indonesia

In partnership with frog design and BTPN bank, we created a new bottom of the pyramid financial service offering using branchless banking infrastructure that is currently being piloted for roll-out and scale-up in Indonesia.

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AUSTRALIA

Protecting the great barrier reef

We produced a report with the WWF demonstrating the economic importance of the Great Barrier Reef as it faces increased threats from coastline industrialization. Our research presented undeniable reason for governments, businesses and investors to consider the welfare of the reef in future development.

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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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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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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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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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GLOBAL

Launching the one billion coalition for resilience campaign

We supported the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to launch the ‘One Billion Coalition for Resilience Campaign,’ a campaign seeking to increase community resilience to adversity, for example through increased preparedness for natural disasters.

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GLOBAL

Evaluating the refugee resettlement process

In collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Resettlement Service, we undertook an end-to-end evaluation of existing resettlement processes. We developed targeted recommendations to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, integrity, quality, and refugee experience of the service.

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MYANMAR

Designing a mini grid partnership facility in Myanmar

Currently 30% of Myanmar is electrified, with over 30 million people having no access to power. The government has set a goal of 100% electrification rate by 2030.

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SENEGAL

Developing the city of Dakar’s resilience strategy

As a strategy partner to 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, we helped the City of Dakar develop its resilience strategy, implementing an inclusive governance strategy to enable the city to better manage future shocks and on-going stresses.

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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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