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.

Press release: Cross-Sectoral Commitment from Four Leading Organizations to Achieve the Global Goals through a Gender Lens

NEW YORK, 26 Sept - Acknowledging the world’s insufficient progress towards achieving the 2030 Global Goals and determined to accelerate our collective efforts, the leading global impact business Dalberg, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the Indian not-for-profit Educate Girls and the UN Agency UNICEF signed the Neutral is Not Enough pledge to

It’s About Time: the case for valuing women and girls’ unpaid care work


For more than three years, in partnership with clients including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dalberg has been researching the topic of women’s unpaid care work – the everyday household chores and tasks that include looking after children, attending to the elderly, cooking, cleaning, and more. 

Unpaid care work and women’s economic empowerment: An interview with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Keiko Valente

Dalberg has been working to understand the issue of unpaid care work for over three years, partnering with organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – which has a strategic focus on women’s economic empowerment in their gender equality strategy – to understand the issue and design strategies for change. 

How entrepreneurship can improve the lives of women

While the lives of women in Asia have improved significantly, deep-rooted issues still prevent them from fulfilling their potential. Over 70% are stuck in vulnerable, low-paying jobs; one in three are victims of domestic violence, and there is a lack of access to critical maternal healthcare, especially in rural areas.

Design Principles to Narrow The Digital Gender Gap

There will be an expected 480 million smartphone women users in India by 2030, and the time to start designing digital solutions for them is now. To help address women’s specific digital needs, Dalberg’s Mumbai office hosted 'Smartphone Solutions that Work For Her', a three-day lab that culminated in an open workshop in April 2019.

Applying a gender lens to water and sanitation

Dalberg has worked on more than a 100 projects across 20 countries related to water and sanitation, and we’ve found that considering the specific needs of women is essential in making lasting headway toward addressing the global water crisis. The graphic below describes some of the ways women are disproportionately affected by inadequate access to water and sanitation, and ways their specific needs can figure into solutions.




Layusa Isa-Odidi

Layusa Isa-Odidi is an Associate Partner, leading Dalberg’s presence in Melbourne, Australia. She focuses on strategic planning and financing across the areas of education, employment, agriculture, and gender. 

Adopting a gender lens across all our work

Adopting a Gender Lens to the IDH Smallholder Innovation Platform


Adopting a Gender Lens to the IDH Smallholder Innovation Platform

Swetha Totapally

Swetha Totapally is an Associate Partner based in San Francisco and Bombay. She is a leader of Dalberg’s technology and gender equality practice areas; seeking to identify when and how best to use technology to reduce inequality and make progress on important gender outcomes, especially for South Asian women. 

Lessons from the Educate Girls Development Impact Bond

The Educate Girls Development Impact Bond, the first DIB in India and in education globally, shows that these bonds can drive significant innovation and impact gains, even in organizations that already have a strong trajectory of delivery.