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.


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.

Priti Rao

Priti Rao is the Asia Director for Dalberg Design. Her expertise lies in helping organisations become purpose-led, and build a culture of innovation to solve complex global challenges. She works closely with teams and clients to combine data with field insights and bring a human-centred focus to civic design, financial inclusion, technology, and policy challenges.

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.

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.

Vanishing vaquita: saving the world’s most endangered marine mammal

A little known marine mammal found in northwest Mexico has been gaining global press attention for weeks now – and for good reason. The vaquita – a small porpoise known as the “panda of the sea” due to the distinctive black circles around its eyes – is on the verge of extinction.

What it means to lead now: social impact leaders respond to uncertain times

Massive global migration and the ongoing refugee crisis; disruptive technology increasing information access; and rapid job automation are contributing to profound social and economic changes.  Social impact leaders are used to shifting priorities and strategies as the social and economic landscape evolves; however, today, they are facing a political disruption of an unprecedented scale.

Delivering Key Government Initiatives in Guinea

Dalberg is working closely with the Prime Minister of Guinea to design, launch, and lead a Delivery Unit (DU) to improve delivery of key government initiatives. As part of the DU’s strategy to strength Guinea’s agricultural sector, Dalberg is supporting the revival of the pineapple value chain, in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture. The DU and players along the value chain aim to improve average pineapple yields to 50 tons per hectare, and increase exports via air shipments to 2,500 tons per year.

Transforming Public Sector Agriculture Interventions in Tanzania

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a first-of-its-kind grant to Dalberg to drive cultural change within the public-sector agricultural system of Tanzania, with the target of launching more effective and efficient ways of doing business. We worked closely with National and Local government, to identify high-potential points of intervention in the agriculture value chain and deploy a team of 10 program officers who work alongside government staff to provide hands-on capacity building.

The trials, restrictions, and costs of traveling in Africa if you’re an African

This article was originally published on Quartz.