Public Policy


Government policies play a crucial role in advancing – or impeding – economic well-being and human rights. Political decisions in the Global North around foreign aid amounts, trade policies, and environmental statutes reverberate around the world. Policymaking decisions in the developing world – from domestic resource mobilization through taxation to regulatory regimes governing the use of technology – can mean the difference between successful development programming and intractable barriers to impact. At Dalberg, we help clients seize political opportunities and confront constraints.


Will Real-Time Data Sourcing Change the Future of SDGs?

With 17 goals, 169 sub-indicators and over 193 countries signing on to the SDGs, collecting consistent real-time data is critical. In this podcast with CSIS, Daniella Ballou-Aares explains that organizations across the world need to aggregate real-time measurable data across countries rather than limiting themselves with the sporadic data sources from the past in order to reach the SDGs. Welcome to a new dynamic data resourcing era.

Patrick Sagna

Patrick is an Associate Partner in Dalberg’s Dakar office, where he focuses on Inclusive Growth, Governance, Inclusive Economic Development, Public Policy, and Institutional & Organizational Development. In particular, he has worked supporting governments in Africa and the Caribbean, and led private sector initiatives in emerging and frontier markets.

Privacy in Financial Services

Dalberg recently hosted a workshop on ‘Privacy in Financial Services’ in collaboration with CGAP and Dvara Research. We brought together an eclectic group of fintechs, catalytic funders, banks, policy makers, investors and foundations who collectively brainstormed ideas for how we might better protect consumer data and privacy. The Dalberg Mumbai team put together an interactive exhibit to give participants a taste of how we might better design consent and other privacy related matters.

Astou Dia

Astou is an Associate Partner and leads Dalberg’s presence in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She has over ten years of experience in strategy and management consulting in Europe and Africa. She has worked with private corporations, governments and donors in areas such as agriculture and food security, health, governance, youth employment, access to finance, women economic empowerment, economic and inclusive growth.

The 2018 Global Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report Released

A new report released today by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Program, Dalberg Advisors and GOGLA finds that the global off-grid solar industry has taken a leap in the past year to help developing countries reach their energy access goals. Dalberg estimates that, to date, the off-grid solar sector has provided improved electricity to as many as 360 million people.

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.

When it Comes to Blended Finance, Canada Leads by Example

We are on the cusp of a radical shift in how we finance solutions to the world’s most pressing global development challenges.

Here’s why: Official development assistance is now dwarfed by flows from private investors, philanthropists and private citizens. Savvy donor agencies are leveraging this rising tide of nongovernment funds to amplify the impact of their capital. These donor agencies are pioneering a field of finance called “blended finance” — the strategic use of public and philanthropic funds to mobilize private capital for development.

New Report: Decentralised Renewable Energy is Important for Improving Access to Power, But Policy Gaps and Challenges Impede Growth

Governments globally realize the social and economic benefits of providing reliable and affordable power to their citizens and businesses. Over the past few years, many countries have announced ambitious electrification goals: India and Nigeria plan to reach universal electrification by 2019 and 2030 respectively.

[Podcast] Nneka Eze on Catalyzing Growth in Nigeria Through Regional Innovation Hubs

In a World Bank podcast, Nneka Eze, Partner and Lagos Office Director, discusses a recent project Dalberg worked on with the Office of the Vice-President of Nigeria to understand the state of innovation in the country, and the potential of innovation hubs. From analysis of global innovation hubs, Nneka explains that there are seven different types of innovation hubs – ranging from science and technology parks, to accelerators, and research centres – and four guiding principles that differentiate successful hubs.