As Yana’s final year as Global Managing Partner draws to a close, the firm’s newest Partner and global lead on diversity and inclusion, Afua Sarkodie, helps ring in Dalberg’s next chapter by reflecting on Yana’s stewardship and hopes for the firm’s future. As one of Yana's longtime collaborators, Afua has had first-hand experience with the mentorship and vision that have helped define Yana’s tenure.
Our team built an exhaustive crop type and yield estimation map in Burkina Faso, using artificial intelligence and satellite images from the European Space Agency. But building the map would not have been possible without a data set that GIZ, the German government’s international development agency, had collected for one purpose on the ground some years before – and never looked at again. At Dalberg, we call this a “hidden data treasury” and it has huge potential to be used for good.
Through the Primer on Catalyzing Agricultural Finance , USAID and Dalberg have come together to outline the tools that USAID can use to address agricultural finance gaps, with the ultimate aim of tackling market failures and mobilizing private sector finance.
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 place gender inclusion at the center of their organizations’ efforts. This pledge was signed at a jointly hosted event of the same name, which discussed how achieving any and all of the Global Goals demands a gender lens, and how we must start working differently.
Dalberg interviews Keiko Valente, Associate Program Officer on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Gender Equality Team. Keiko talks about what’s missing from the unpaid care work conversation, takeaways from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work with Dalberg, and how she’s helping to advance gender equality through her role.