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.
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.
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 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
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.
CDC - Women’s 2X measurement definition
- Dalberg is currently working with CDC to operationalize their commitment to participate in the 2X challenge, an effort by leading Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) to mobilize $3B in financing to women’s equality.
- Dalberg is developing specific technical guidance that will enable investment teams to better identify and screen investments that will have meaningful impact on women’s equality.
UBSOF – Quality Education India Development Impact Bond
- Dalberg is working with UBS Optimus Foundation, BAT, MSDF and Tata Trusts on the design and performance management of the “Quality Education India” Development Impact Bond.
- Dalberg identified the most suitable NGOs, designed the financing model and coordinated different stakeholders.
- Dalberg designed a performance management framework and will be working with NGOs to diagnose potential challenges in interventions, and is planning to develop recommendations around addressing those challenges.
Sasakawa Peace Foundation – Asia women’s impact fund strategy
- Dalberg conducted an initial market assessment of the landscape of gender lens investing in Asia and to articulate the 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.