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Shifting practices, sharing power? How the US philanthropic sector is responding to the 2020 crises

A new survey and report from Dalberg Advisors, Philanthropy California, and the Council on Foundations outlines the critical next steps and fundamental shifts respondents raised as necessary to build an equitable future. From an unprecedented global pandemic and associated economic crisis, to the unjust murders and treatment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, the…

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Global South countries have enacted a variety of lockdown measures, different from those in the Global North and from each other

Despite suggestions to the contrary, Global South countries have not replicated the measures of Global North countries in response to the COVID-19 crisis. A wide variety of country-by-country measures exist, suggesting that Global South countries have accounted for their distinctive economic, social and political situations in implementing lockdowns and social distancing measures.

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Africa’s Business Heroes 2020 finalists: diversity in the spotlight

Twenty companies from 14 African countries will go on to the next round of the Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition, for which Dalberg serves as an anchor parter.

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Financing ‘Missing Middle’ enterprises in the age of Covid-19: leveraging nontraditional finance pathways in emerging markets

Covid-19 has made access to capital for small and growing businesses (SGBs) in emerging markets more essential than ever. Drivers of job creation and inclusive economic growth, these “missing middle” businesses—too big for microfinance, too small or risky for banks or private equity firms—face existential threats from stay-at-home orders, disrupted supply chains and other pandemic fallout.

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The impact of Covid-19 on governance, peace and security in the Horn of Africa

Covid-19 has had a moderate impact on the region to date—but stability is at risk if political reforms stall, or people lose livelihoods. The African Union (AU) and UNDP have published a report, drafted by Dalberg, titled “The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the governance, peace and security in the Horn of Africa countries”…

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Insuring India’s poor through this pandemic—it’s time for Citizens to pick up the mantle

With the recent announcement of free rations for 800 million Indians until November, the Indian Prime Minister took an important step in ensuring a basic level of food support for families that are struggling to make ends meet as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds. However, data clearly shows that much more needs to be done to safeguard vulnerable families through a health crisis that has become an economic catastrophe as well.

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Acting quickly and reflecting deeply: building a more sustainable way forward from the Covid-19 pandemic

The next phase of the pandemic requires both a bias toward action and bias toward reflection. Our rapid response to mitigate the worst effects of the crisis must be complemented by periods of inward reflection. In this time, we are called on to both sprint ahead and consider the paths that brought us here.  Around…

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Is Covid-19 Africa’s gender pandemic?

From New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Covid-19 has been shining a light on women and paving the way for new thinking in global leadership. But, in Africa, has it been so? This Forbes Africa article looks at the gender lens of the pandemic. A July 2020 article in Forbes…

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Minimizing the impact of the pandemic on India’s most vulnerable populations

During a crisis, the emphasis needs to be on including those who really deserve the help rather than making sure the wrong people are kept out.

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Data against Covid-19: bridging access to critical information

Public health and government leaders are pressed to make unprecedented decisions at every turn in the fight against Covid-19. Yet informed decisions require access to the right data—which is often not available. A new toolkit from Dalberg Data Insights helps optimize existing data to aid leaders in making truly informed decisions.

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