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.

 

Melanie Kahl

Melanie is a Creative Lead based in Dalberg Design’s New York Studio who helps organizations and communities innovate, grow, and change by design. At Dalberg Design, she leads integrated design and strategy projects on urban resilience, gender and sexual health, customer experience and service design, and organizational innovation. 

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.
Priti Rao

Priti Rao is the Asia Director for Dalberg Design. Her expertise lies in helping organisations become purpose-led, and build a culture of innovation to solve complex global challenges. She works closely with teams and clients to combine data with field insights and bring a human-centred focus to civic design, financial inclusion, technology, and policy challenges.
 

Trevor Zimmer

Trevor Zimmer is a Director at Dalberg Design where he leads project engagements with public and private sector clients to apply design as a facilitative process and skillset. He believes design better enables teams and organizations to collaborate across disciplines, align interests, contribute to organizational learnings, and identify solutions. His focus is on global health, change management, and new ventures.
 

Matthew MacDevette

Matthew MacDevette is an Associate Partner based in Johannesburg. His work focuses on Southern, East and West Africa and covers various aspects of economic growth and development, including impact investing, donor-led facilitation of private investment, inclusive business and shared value, youth employment, and SME development.

Matthew’s work spans a range of public and private sector clients both within and outside sub-Saharan Africa, and includes sectors such as manufacturing, financial services, agriculture, healthcare, and energy. 

Kusi Hornberger

Kusi Hornberger is an Associate Partner in the Washington, DC office of Dalberg Advisors. Kusi co-lead’s Dalberg’s impact investing practice area and is particularly passionate about the use of innovative finance and technology to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Dalberg Data Insights’ Mobile Money Dashboards Promote Financial Inclusion in Uganda

“Development and testing was a crucial learning process for the entire team, seeing how big data can be used for our work. The collaboration with the DDI team, who always provided rapid updates to the dashboard, facilitated this process.” - UNCDF 

[Podcast] Gaurav Gupta on UNLEASH, What Makes An Effective Social Enterprise, and Much More

Sustainable development is the term for the dual imperative—economic growth and environmental sustainability. But often there is confusion over the business case for going green. Gaurav Gupta, the Regional Director of Dalberg Advisors, works collaboratively across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to fuel inclusive growth. He is also the Director of Unleash, a global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to disrupt conventional solutions and create a better and more sustainable world.

The Curious Case of Myanmar: Can the Country Leapfrog to Digital Financial Inclusion?

A digitally savvy population. A rapidly growing economy. A leapfrogging mindset.

It may be hard to believe that these characteristics describe present-day Myanmar, a country that just five years ago faced economic stagnation. But as reforms have been brought into action, Myanmar’s fledgling journey of economic transformation has shown promise.

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. We subsequently designed and recommended innovative financing mechanisms which could save up to $3.5 billion over five years.