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We partner with and serve communities, governments and companies throughout the world, providing an innovative mix of services across a broad range of topics. Select one of the sectors or services below to learn more about Dalberg's approach, and explore some of our projects and initiatives on the map.

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Understanding the Impact of a Planetary Health Approach
We worked with the Rockefeller Foundation to show the value of a Planetary Health approach and solution to problems where the approach's value can be demonstrated in 3 to 5 years. We then identified specific entry points for investment.  
Creating Employment Opportunities in Cartagena
We developed strategies to restore livelihoods for those most affected by the implementation of a new Bus Rapid Transit system in Cartagena called Transcaribe. The strategies we developed will help to transition up to 5,000 vulnerable workers to stable employment.
Developing a Strategy for the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
We worked with the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) to develop a full three-year strategy for the organization. The USD 50 million per year global fund has the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of people in communities that are the hardest to reach.
Identifying Innovative Financing Mechanisms to Reduce the Cost of Remittances
We were engaged by the Canadian International Development Agency to analyze the major cost drivers and market failures associated with international remittances. We subsequently designed and recommended innovative financing mechanisms which could save up to $3.5 billion over five years.
Supporting Malawi's First National Community Health Strategy
Dalberg supported USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII) and the Malawi’s Ministry of Health to develop the country’s first National Community Health Strategy. The NCHS could save over 6,000 lives each year and generate at least a 3:1 return on investment.​
Generating Employment Opportunities for Youth in Rwanda
We worked with the MasterCard Foundation to create employment opportunities for youth and support the transition of the Rwandan economy by expanding economic opportunities in the hospitality value chain and developing ICT skills among youth.
Launching a Pan-African Youth Employment Peer Learning Network
To address the lack of coordination amongst youth employment organizations in Africa, we collaborated with the Umsizi Fund to bring together some of the most demand-driven youth employment organizations into a peer learning network
Protecting People Through Nature
We produced a report with the WWF demonstrating how natural World Heritage sites can deliver long-term economic, social and environmental benefits for people and our planet. The report shows that over half of these sites face significant threats.
Furthering Sleeping Sickness Control Efforts
We worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to re-evaluate its strategy to further sleeping sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis, TB gambiense) control efforts, and determine the potential of a push to disease elimination.
Mobile Money Innovation Strategy for a Pan-Africa Telecommunications Company
We developed strategy recommendations and a high-level roadmap for opening mobile money APIs to a pan-African telecommunications company. Our assessments involved country selection, a quantified business case, revenue models, road map of next steps and a go-to-market strategy.
Supporting FINCA Ecuador's Growth
We worked with FINCA Ecuador - a microfinance organization - to identify, evaluate and recommend effective strategies to remain competitive and expand its portfolio.
Promoting Growth of SMES in Latin America and the Caribbean
We designed a strategy for the Inter-American Investment Corporation to promote growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. We developed a market assessment of needs and gaps in financing SMEs in the region, and engaged key private sector players.
Establishing a Cassava Financing Facility
We established a cassava financing facility in Ghana, Nigeria and Mozambique to provide access to finance to processors in the cassava value chain. We identified a pipeline of investable businesses and potential partners, and developed a financing model for the facility.
Developing an E-Learning Platform
We worked with Mercy Corps to support an end-to-end e-learning platform start-up to grow and create impact across Africa. We determined the market opportunity for the platform, and prioritized four growth drivers: content focus, pricing models and bundled offerings, advertising, and licensing.
Developing a Market Entry Strategy for Global Biotechnology Company
Dalberg was engaged by a global biotechnology company to develop a market entry strategy into emerging markets including Latin America, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa.​
Last Mile Internet Delivery
In partnership with public and private sector stakeholders, we conceptualized and piloted new business models for last mile Internet delivery combining satellite and WIFI capabilities, enabling extension of financial services and access to relevant content for socioeconomic development.
Innovation Primer for a Major US Foundation
We developed an Innovation Primer for a major US foundation that provides staff with tangible, concrete ways to determine whether and how best to integrate a broad set of innovation models in their work and support their grantees.
Prototyping Market Entry Strategies in Global Health
We worked with a large global health organization to prototype market entry strategies for two product innovations, one in reproductive health and the other a tablet-based application for labor and delivery across multiple markets in East Africa and Asia.
Improving Customer Experience for a Microfinance Institution
We designed and facilitated a prototyping lab for rapid concept generation and participatory design together with internal teams at a large urban microfinance institution to generate concepts and project plans to improve customer experience.
A Global Framework for Financial Health
We collaborated with the Center for Financial Inclusion and the Center for Financial Services Innovation to analyze whether a global version of a financial health framework could advance our collective, holistic understanding of consumer behavior and deepen our appreciation for the impact of finance on personal well-being among the poor. Learn more about our findings.
New Offerings and Business Models for Financial Inclusion
Dalberg partnered with CGAP and myAgro to conduct research, ideation and prototyping across Senegal to understand smallholder farmers’ unmet needs, prioritize new product propositions and design and prototype new solutions. See more on supporting smallholder savings in Senegal.
Customer Experience Toolkit
Dalberg Design collaborated with CGAP to develop the Customer Experience Toolkit. This resource - and its accompanying workbook - equips organizations to create empowering customer experiences through a hands-on approach, and is the only resource that specifically targets the financial services community with a focus on unbanked and underbanked customers. 
Measuring Financial Health in Developing Countries
Working together with the Center for Financial Services Innovation & the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, we sought to understand whether a global version of their financial health framework could advance our collective understanding of consumer behavior and deepen our appreciation of the impact of finance on personal well-being among the poor. We did not focus this inquiry on the ways in which people use payment, savings, credit, and insurance services, but rather tried to build a holistic understanding of how financial aspirations shape the lives and behavior of the poor on a day-to-day basis.
Understanding Indian Consumers' Readiness for Digital Financial Services
In partnership with Omidyar Network, we sought to understand the context and behaviors of Indian consumers regarding digital consumption and readiness for digital financial services. We leveraged in-depth interviews with consumers across urban, semi-urban, and rural areas, and human-centered design prototyping sessions, to uncover behavioral insights.
Supporting the Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge Portfolio
We provided human centered design support to seven promising solutions from the Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge portfolio, each targeting different layers in the public health ecosystem. Read Trevor Zimmer's article explaining 'Why Human-Centred Design is Critical to Preparing for Global Health Epidemics', in Business Fights Poverty.
Surveying Smallholder Tea Farmers' Responses to Frost Mitigation
As part of USAID and NASA’s SERVIR initiative, we conducted a survey of 425 smallholder tea farmers in Kericho and Nandi Hills, Kenya, to examine their current behavior towards frost mitigation and response, and their perceptions as to the potential value of frost monitoring technology.
Empowering Women to use the Mobile Internet
In developing countries, the number of unique subscribers using mobile internet has grown from 728 million in 2010 to 1.8 billion in 2014. This growth has profound implications for women’s economic, social, and political empowerment – mobile internet can help women access resources like entrepreneurship opportunities, affordable healthcare, and peer learning platforms. However, women continue to lag behind men in both mobile phone ownership and internet access in developing countries.
Launching the Senegal Women's Investment Club
We designed and launched a commercially-oriented investment platform where women can learn from one another. The Senegal Women’s Investment Club is the first initiative in the region to mobilize exclusively female investment into a broad portfolio that over time will bridge the gender finance gap by supporting women-led businesses. 
Understanding Smallholder Farmers’ Unmet Financial Needs
Dalberg partnered with CGAP and myAgro to conduct research, ideation and prototyping across Senegal to understand smallholder farmers’ unmet needs, prioritize new product propositions and design and prototype new solutions.
Identifying Innovative Business Models for Direct-to-Farmer Financing
We conducted primary research with smallholder farmers and facilitated a multi-stakeholder system mapping and design lab to identify innovative business models for direct-to-farmer financing. We also created an innovation agenda for future product development investment.
Developing a Customer Experience Playbook
In collaboration with CGAP and Janalakshmi Financial Services, we developed a Customer Experience Playbook. The playbook is designed to help financial service providers with low-income customers to improve customer experience and equip staff to transform their organizations.
Supporting the Launch of Global Health Innovations
We produced a report, toolkit and workbook to help innovators and practitioners think through, plan and execute scalable and successful global health innovations from bench to bedside. Accompanying examples provide context and demonstrate ideas in practice.
Studying Smallholder Farmers' Use of Financial Services in Kenya
We conducted a benchmark study for Mercy Corps on the use of financial services by smallholder farmers in Kenya who live on under $2.5 a day. The research focused on the pain points that prevent them from achieving financial health, and their current uses and perceptions of technology.
Evaluating Two Agricultural Inventions in Sub-Saharan Africa
We evaluated the income and nutrition related impact of the two interventions in selected agricultural clusters in Benin, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania. We interviewed a totally of 4,800 farmers of a specific crop.
Studying the Demand for Off-Grid Electricity in Kenya
We studied the demand for off-grid electricity - and investment costs and potential returns of the sector. The study was conducted in 20 remotely located sites across Kenya reaching 2,000 households, small businesses and institutions.
Evaluating the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program in Rwanda
We completed a baseline study to evaluate the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program in Rwanda. We interviewed around 1,800 farmers from both treatment and comparison cooperatives in 11 districts of Rwanda.
Surveying Digital Payments in Kenya
We completed a baseline survey on an intervention project launched by FSD Kenya to stimulate e-payments. We collected baseline data on initial payments patterns, payments perceptions, and the implications of payments choices to assess levels of change at the end of the study.
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.
Identifying Talent to Lead Gavi's Immunization Programs in Asia
We worked with Gavi to deploy experienced global public health managers to support their Expanded Programs on Immunization in several countries across Asia. We recruited managers who integrate strategic analysis with technical expertise to provide game-changing insights, and provided these managers with strategic oversight over a two-year period. 
Designing a Mini Grid Partnership Facility in Myanmar
Currently 30% of Myanmar is electrified, with over 30 million people having no access to power. The government has set a goal of 100% electrification rate by 2030. To support the achievement of this goal and promote the growth of the mini-grid sector, we worked with The Rockefeller Foundation to develop a strategy for the creation of Myanmar's first Mini-Grid Programme Facility (MPF). The MPF aims to support the electrification of approximately 26,000 villages by 2030.   OUR APPROACH
Customizing Digital Credit for Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania
Digital credit products represent an important financial inclusion opportunity for smallholder farmers in Tanzania, where close to 80% of the workforce is engaged in farming. Uptake of these products by smallholder farmers, however, remains limited.  To address this challenge, Dalberg's Design used a human-centered design (HCD) approach across three regions of Tanzania to produce behavioral insights around smallholder farmers’ interaction with, and demand for, digital credit products. 
Direct-to-Farmer Finance Innovation Spaces Playbook
Innovation can help direct-to-farmer finance providers better serve farmers by addressing the challenges associated with direct-to-farmer lending. Existing challenges – such as lending risks and service delivery – are exacerbated at scale; investing in innovation can help direct-to-farmer finance providers scale up to more quickly and effectively meet the vast global demand for smallholder finance.
Reviewing the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion in India 
We completed a landscape review of the gender gap in financial inclusion in India to inform our client's work in the broader financial services and gender ecosystem. We integrated findings into a set of behavior patterns, and highlighted key action items for different stakeholders. 
Making 5-Minute Inclusive Loans a Reality with "India Stack"
We examined how to make 5-minute inclusive loans, whereby a digital lending system can unlock credit for low income customers, a reality in India. The project presented think tank iSPIRT's "India Stack" as a powerful open digital infrastructure to enable an effective user experience.
Analyzing Taxes and Tariffs for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels in Haiti
We identified potential impacts of changing tax and tariff policies on the uptake of clean cookstoves and fuels in Haiti. If the Haitian government were to reduce the 15% tariff and tax on clean cookstoves, we predict annual sales would rise by 13%.
Increasing Employment Opportunities for Women in Southeast Asia through ICT
We analyzed interventions that leverage ICT for female participation in the workforce. We recommended investments to a foundation which could help over 20 million women in Southeast Asia begin and remain productive in their work.
Studying How Policies and Regulations Affect Healthcare
We conducted country landscape assessments in Kenya and Ethiopia to understand how policies and regulations affecting healthcare were created. We identified key influencers of health policies, evaluated how advocacy strategies can be most influential, and developed a theory of change and results framework for those strategies.
Facilitating a Workshop on Post-War Recovery Process
We facilitated a visioning workshop for the President and Cabinet of a West African country, as part of their post-war recovery process. We presented case studies on post-conflict recovery in comparable African countries, highlighting potential challenges and trade-offs that the West African country could face as it rebuilt. 
A Rapid Information Brief on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
We produced a rapid information brief to evaluate current responses to the Syrian refugee crisis for The Rockefeller Foundation. We explored the potential role that innovative finance solutions could play in addressing the challenges of the refugee crisis, and what existing humanitarian and resilience building solutions could make a meaningful impact.
Evaluating the IDB's Industrial Sector Development Program
We conducted an impact evaluation on an industrial sector development program in Brazil for the Interamerican Development Bank.
Protecting Tigers from Asia’s Infrastructure Development Boom
We developed a report with the WWF exploring how to double the number of wild tigers by safeguarding them from the threats of infrastructure development. We outlined specific calls to action for governments, multilateral banks, private investors and the public.
Developing a Strategic Plan for the Center for Reproductive Rights
We supported the Center for Reproductive Rights to develop its five-year strategic plan by identifying key trends, challenges, and opportunities in the reproductive rights landscape and facilitating workshops to help the Center define its vision and core activities.
Catalyzing Adoption of Clean Cookstoves in China
Dalberg conducted an in-depth market assessment and developed detailed recommendations to catalyze adoption of clean cookstoves in China. Our work is informed the strategy for the Chinese government's three-year pilot program that will contribute toward a large scale national stoves program.
Supporting C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge
We produced a publication with the UICC detailing why cities should invest in cancer treatment and how city leaders can leverage new sources of finance to fund the infrastructure. The report was launched at Davos, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting.
Decoding Diversity: The Financial and Economic Returns of Diversity in Tech
We worked with Intel to complete a rigorous analysis of gender and ethnic diversity in the U.S. tech workforce. We quantified that improving diversity in the technology sector could create $470 – $570Bn in new value for the tech industry, and could add 1.2 – 1.6% to US GDP.
Reviewing the African Development Bank's Decentralization Roadmap
We completed a mid-term review of the African Development Bank's Decentralization Roadmap to assess its progress and impact. We conducted in-person interviews, surveys of clients and staff in 39 countries, and quantitative analyses to assess the impact of changes on the institution's work.  
Catalyst for Growth
We piloted the SME Catalyst for Growth program with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation in 2012 to provide high-quality business development support to 20 South African SMEs. This pilot program grew into a non-profit which provides an analytics platform for business development support providers serving SMEs in South Africa. ABOUT CATALYST FOR GROWTH
Safe Surgery 2020: Reducing Preventable Deaths From Surgically Treatable Conditions
We designed and implemented Safe Surgery 2020 – an initiative working to reduce preventable deaths from surgically treatable conditions. We collaborate with ministries of health, academia, NGOs and surgical teams in low-income areas to support a transformation in patient outcomes.
Facilitating the Delivery Unit for the Prime Minister of Guinea
We designed and launched the delivery unit for the Prime Minister of Guinea to improve delivery of key government initiatives. We are running pilot projects in agriculture, mining and governance as well as a leadership initiative to build capacity within relevant government institutions.
How Would Farmers Measure the Impact of Financial Solutions
Employing a human-centered design methodology, Dalberg Design worked with the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab to analyze the impact of rural and agricultural finance in Ghana and Kenya from the perspective of smallholder farmers, and inform future approaches to measuring impact. Learn more about the Master Card Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Lab.   APPROACH
Designing and Implementing the World’s First Blended Finance Platform
We designed and implemented Convergence, a platform that brings together public, philanthropic and private investors for blended finance investments in emerging and frontier markets.​ Convergence is incorporated in Toronto, Canada and has secured 18.5 million USD in catalytic funding.  
Strategy
​​​​​​​Our world is rapidly changing. Geopolitical and economic balances are shifting and new multilateral and regional institutions are emerging. In this increasingly complex environment, formulating the right strategy is crucial. We support governments, multilateral organizations, corporations, NGOs, and foundations to design strategies that will maximize their scale, efficiency and impact, either at the organizational level or for specific programs and markets.
Research
​​​​​​From harnessing big data to door-to-door primary research to analytical approaches though participatory methods, Dalberg can employ the appropriate data collection strategy to answer any question. We provide quality primary data and in-depth research to help clients better understand the drivers of complex problems in emerging markets where data and insights are often sparse.  
Infrastructure
​​​​​​​Infrastructure is a backbone of development: power lines deliver energy to homes and businesses; pipes provide clean water to drink; roads, railways, and bridges connect communities; and internet connectivity fosters new digital economies. Sustainable infrastructure has the power to bolster the economic growth, resilience, health, and environments of entire nations. We support our clients – governments, private investors, institutions – to develop inclusive and sustainable infrastructure in emerging markets.
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.
Financial Inclusion
​​​​​​An estimated 2 billion people lack access to formal financial services, like bank accounts, that are critical to transact efficiently, accumulate wealth, and protect against shocks. Additionally, 200 million informal and formal businesses are financially unserved or underserved – without access to the capital they need to grow.
Health & Nutrition
​​​​​​​The political, social, and economic health of a nation and the health of its individual people are inextricably linked. Only with citizens of able body and mind can a country hope to build a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable economy and raise living standards. From product innovation to big data analysis to strengthening community health systems, Dalberg works with governments, donors, the private sector, and NGOs to achieve positive outcomes in global health and nutrition in the world’s most underserved regions.
Evaluation
At Dalberg, evaluation goes beyond reporting and accountability to the bigger picture: value creation. Without a focused learning agenda, mistakes are likely to be repeated and efficiencies unrealized; that’s why Dalberg partners with clients, networks, and emerging industries to develop fit for purpose monitoring, evaluation, and learning tools. We build results measurement strategies, actionable learning agendas, and robust evaluation methodologies; we’ll develop evaluation strategies, lead and coordinate learning agendas, and conduct strategic reviews or rigorous evaluations.
Analytics
We use a data-driven approach to bring facts and analytics to bear on complex issues which are often driven by assumptions. Even in data scare environments, we source reliable and timely data, produce comprehensive landscaping studies and build customized models. We create specialized, user-friendly tools that allow organizations to gain meaningful insights and better target, implement, and evaluate their programs and initiatives.  ​​​​​​​
Environment
​​​​​​More than ever, the health and prosperity of individuals, communities, and nations are deeply intertwined with the natural ecosystems that sustain them. The great challenge of this century is to meet the growing demand for food, fresh water, energy, and other resources that advance human development while protecting our ecosystems. Meeting this challenge requires finding solutions at the intersection of human and natural systems. Our work — with businesses, governments, foundations, and non-profits — recognizes the interdependency of human progress and the environment to protect the world’s most vulnerable people and ecosystems.
Energy
​​​​​​​We help our clients – from governments to multinationals and financial institutions – increase the supply of economically viable, environmentally sustainable, socially equitable energy.  Our expertise spans designing evidence-based strategies for entering emerging markets, developing business models for doing business with low-income consumers, policy analysis, innovative financing to find energy delivery models.
Gender
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.
Agriculture & Food Security
Put simply, agriculture drives development. Agriculture today accounts for 10% of global economic output and provides livelihoods for more than 2 billion people in low and middle-income countries. Our experience ranges from analyzing and improving agricultural value chains, to increasing public and private investments into the sector, and establishing inclusive supply chains. A significant proportion of our work focuses on understanding, empowering, and advocating for smallholder farmers.  
Impact Investment
​​​​​​​We partner with a diverse range of investors and fund managers to maximize the financial and non-financial returns of their investments. We help our clients develop focused investment strategies, robust investment hypotheses, and theories of change. We bridge our client’s objectives with the reality of local contexts, by structuring appropriate instruments and helping to guide effective execution. Our services range from one-off transaction advisory, to ongoing impact investment advisory, to fund structuring, to asset management.
Human-Centered Design
Human centered design (HCD) emerged from the private sector and has been gaining traction in the social impact field for fostering new and lasting solutions. HCD prioritizes a participatory, bottom-up process where end users and other stakeholders play a lead role in shaping solutions to meet their needs. We apply HCD methods to stakeholders across the entire value chain – from agents to government officials – to support better decision-making and institutional change.
Cities and Urban Development
Cities drive the economic performance of nations and the pace of development around the world. Cities are home to more than half the world’s population now and will be home to two-thirds of the world’s population by 2050. We work with diverse urban actors to help cities define purposeful goals and plans, identify challenges, collaborate through global networks and partnerships, experiment with potential solutions, and adapt to change continuously. We have supported inclusive and resilient urban growth through strategy, design, big data analysis and evaluation, and partnership-building.
ICT & BIG DATA
​​​​​​​The digital revolution is one of the greatest and most transformative events in human history, presenting both opportunity and a responsibility to harness technology for a prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable world. Technology is creating new jobs, lowering transaction costs, and delivering vital information to those who need it most. At Dalberg, we work with private companies, governments, leading foundations, NGOs, and civil society groups to harness digital technology for amplified impact, sustainable value, and cost reduction in sectors ranging from health to agriculture, from energy to financial services.
Water & Sanitation
​​​​​​​Water is a vital resource for life, but less than 0.1% of water on the Earth is fresh and accessible. Populations increase, economies grow, and urbanization continues, yet water supply has not kept pace.  By 2030, water demand will outstrip supply by 40% globally as industry, agriculture, and consumers compete for this valuable resource. Dalberg works with governments, NGOs, businesses, and foundations to develop solutions that address the infrastructural, behavioral, and policy roots of complex, water-related problems.
Implementation
​​​​​​​We understand that the best research, analysis, and strategic recommendations cannot alone change the world, that’s why we’ve begun to work alongside our clients to bring solutions to life.  We move beyond typical, linear project management trajectories, to an integrated project management unit that has insight across all phases of program implementation. We provide clients with dynamic access to the full range of Dalberg capabilities and capacity to, enhance and amplify development operations.  
Conflict, Security, Humanitarian Aid
​​​​​​​In the midst of limited funding, higher expectations, and a protracted refugee crisis, successful humanitarian action is increasingly difficult. But smarter solutions are within reach – we can help humanitarian actors face these changing dynamics. Dalberg helps clients design effective strategies, establish new partnerships, identify innovative financing sources, and improve aid delivery for timely and effective humanitarian responses. We support a diverse range of humanitarian actors in becoming more flexible and in preparing to face the humanitarian scenarios of the future.
Education to Employment
The potential of youth remains untapped today. Almost 50% of youth in Sub-Saharan Africa, and over 60% of youth in the Middle East and North Africa are facing long-term unemployment. The results of youth unemployment are widespread - from social and political conflicts and migration, to permanently lowered future productive potential and earnings. Dalberg partners with educational institutions, corporations, foundations, NGOs, and governments to strengthen the education to employment pathway.
Creating an Inclusive Growth Strategy for Guatemala
We created an inclusive growth strategy for Guatemala in partnership with a collection of leading Guatemalan business people committed to the broader economic development of the country.
Scaling Access to Clean Cooking Solutions in Central America
We supported the World Bank and the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in scaling and reaching universal access to clean cooking solutions by developing a roadmap and investment prospectus for the 2015-2019.
Launching the Rockefeller Foundation Cassava Innovation Challenge
We designed, launched and managed the Rockefeller Foundation Cassava Innovation Challenge, together with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. The challenge offered up to 1 million USD in funding to novel solutions that can increase the shelf life of cassava in Nigeria.
Advancing College Success for Low-Income Youth in America
To advance college success for low-income youth in America, we researched the main challenges and opportunities students face.  We developed a strategy to inform program and operational activities for Better Make Room and Reach Higher -- Michelle Obama's initiatives for higher education.  
Supporting the Expansion of Educate Girls
We supported Educate Girls to identify a new country to expand its program to and developed a high-level roadmap for expansion. We helped the NGO to increase its beneficiary base to improve enrolment and retention outcomes in a new country.
Catalyzing the Potential 8 Trillion USD Digital Persons-to-Government Payment Industry
We completed the first-ever study to identify the opportunities and challenges of the potential 8 trillion USD digital persons-to-government (P2G) payment industry, with Karandaaz Pakistan and CGAP. With P2G payments totalling 375 billion USD in low-and lower-middle-income countries, digitizing these payments could bring benefits for governments, financial service providers and consumers
Defining the Process of Institutionalizing Deworming Programs
We helped Children's Investment Fund Foundation define and understand the process of institutionalizing deworming programs. We created a framework to evaluate the institutionalization of deworming programs, and to signal the potential sustainability of the project after the funding cycle has ended.
Studying the Rice Market in Bangladesh
We completed a value chain study of the Bangladeshi rice market for GAIN, with the aim of increasing 55 million households access to nutrient fortified rice. We assessed four nutritious rice concepts and developed a full business case for the most commercially viable intervention.  
Launching a Corporate Leadership Program for Inter-American Development Bank
We supported the Inter-American Development Bank to launch a corporate leadership program that helps leading companies in Latin America and the Caribbean develop and implement sustainable bottom of the pyramid business lines​.
Designing a Pro-Poor Subsidy for Public Transportation in Bogota
We worked with the World Bank to design a pro-poor subsidy for public transportation in Bogota. We developed a detailed subsidy design, based on our analysis of best practices, existing designs and spatial distribution of trip makers.
Reducing Neonatal Mortality by Increasing the Use of Chlorhexidine
To accelerate the scale-up of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care, stakeholders have identified demand generation as a key priority in success. To that end, a demand generation toolkit has been designed to support the development and adaptation of tools to drive demand of chlorhexidine. The toolkit is designed for countries and communities in the process of introducing and scaling chlorhexidine and builds upon previous work to increase demand for chlorhexidine and other comparable products.
Analyzing the Efficacy of the Public Sector across Africa
The research revealed that experts have a negative perception of key public sector functions across both policy formulation and service delivery in Africa, notwithstanding some recent improvements. Based on the survey results and interviews, experts’ dissatisfaction with the public sector in Africa is at least partially driven by shortcomings in service delivery. This was confirmed by the fact that many experts report that they cannot rank a policy highly if delivery falls short – particularly in social policy areas.
Developing the Scope of a Water and Sanitation Fund
After assessing the commercial and impact investment potential of the water and sanitation market in low and middle-income countries, we recommended to Private Infrastructure Development Group the establishment of a new fund. We identified opportunities for the fund in 14 countries across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Small Merchants Offer Big Financial Inclusion Opportunities
Small Merchants, Big Opportunity: The Forgotten Path to Financial Inclusion – a report commissioned by Visa and authored by Dalberg and the Global Development Incubator – explores how financial service providers can engage micro and small merchants to unlock the social and economic potential of digital payments.
Smart Practices that Enhance the Resilience of Migrants
We supported the International Federation of the Red Cross to identify smart practices in service provision to migrants, outlining 59 smart practices and 13 operational enablers that address migrant needs and help enable effective operations.
Spurring Employment and Development in Afghanistan
We developed sector specific strategies to determine how the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development could meaningfully engage in Kabul and 6 provinces in North-Eastern Afghanistan, to spur economic development and employment generation.
Evaluating the 2030 Water Resource Group
We conducted a strategic evaluation of the 2030 Water Resource Group (2030 WRG) and its activities to provide recommendations that guided the group’s strategic plan and the allocation of over $20 million USD to address water scarcity.
Tackling Youth Unemployment in Nigeria
We worked with the Nigerian government to develop a cluster-based job creation strategy and implementation plan to address the unemployment crisis that affects 5-12 million youth in the country. The plan covers four sectors: agriculture-related, construction, ICT and digital, and wholesale and retail trade industries.
Enhancing Public Television in Colombia
We developed a strategic plan for public television in Colombia for the Ministry of ICT. Our team conducted in-depth desk research, including quantitative and qualitative analysis of the public television operators in Colombia, and interviews with their staff and related external organizations.
Evaluating the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking Program
We conducted an independent evaluation of the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking program. We reviewed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of the program, and identified recommendations to improve its performance in the future.
Determining the Global Potential for Water Kiosks
We conducted in-depth field research of 10 major water kiosk ventures, analyzed 4 innovative ventures and developed a market model to determine the global potential for water kiosks. We published a sector report, detailing cross-venture learnings, and recommendations for ventures and ecosystem actors.
Assessing the Effect of Policy on Financial Inclusion in Nigeria
Financial inclusion (FI) in Nigeria is growing but still lags far behind the principal target set in the National Financial Inclusion Strategy, 2012 of the Central Bank of Nigeria: decreasing financial exclusion to 20.0% by the year 2020 from 46.3% in 2010. Of the 60.3% of adults who are financially served, a substantial portion have a very limited portfolio of options—while many financial institutions may offer products to capture deposits, few offer credit products.
Developing a Hygiene Intervention in Urban Schools in Mumbai
We helped a design firm develop and evaluate their hygiene intervention in government-run urban schools in Mumbai. We developed communication tools to facilitate partnerships with large multinationals that have an interest in boosting good hygiene practices among low-income communities in Mumbai.
Supporting Change Management of the UN's 'Delivering as One' Initiative
We supported change management of the UN's 'Delivering as One' initiative in eight pilot countries - Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Vietnam. We helped to develop a common UN inter-agency approach to change management for the initiative.
Supporting the Fight Against Sex Trafficking of Women and Young Girls
We worked with Apne Aap Women Worldwide to help them revamp their fight against sex trafficking of women, and young girls. We strengthened their operating model to allow them to move from direct service delivery to the funding and management of on-the-ground service delivery organizations.
Improving the Sustainability of Vietnam's Textile and Apparel industries
We supported a multistakeholder initiative aimed at improving working conditions and environmental standards in Vietnam’s textile and apparel industries. We designed a package of commercially-viable interventions to drive systemic change in the industry towards sustainable textile and apparel production, and brought together stakeholders to launch these initiatives.
The Global Opportunity in Online Outsourcing
We studied the potential of online outsourcing to be an innovative channel for socioeconomic development by raising youth employment, service exports and participation in the digital economy. We assessed country readiness, the unique role of governments and the real experiences of online workers through individual profiles.
The Impact of Investments on Education Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa
We demonstrated how impact investment can support the growth and integration of education systems in sub-Saharan Africa. The report details the impact of private investment across students, providers, governments and investors.
The Impact Investing Industry in South Asia
We produced a comprehensive overview of the impact investing industry in South Asia to improve awareness of sector trends, challenges and prospects among key stakeholders including financial institutions, impact enterprises, policymakers and the public.
Interviewing 2,800 Farmers to Evaluate Plantwise Clinics
We conducted a survey across 14 counties in Kenya to evaluate Plantwise clinics, which diagnose plant health problems. We evaluated the local sources of information on soil fertility and plant diseases, and listed over 5,600 farmers across 300 locations in Kenya, interviewing 2,800 of them.
The First Ever Snapshot of the Global Off-Grid Appliance Market
We created the first-ever snapshot of the global off-grid appliance market, including key market trends in the most promising categories: fans, televisions and refrigerators. This data-driven analysis discusses barriers to the market's development and areas of opportunity based on insights from manufacturers, industry representatives, technical experts, policymakers and researchers.
Issue Briefs on Transformational Innovation
We developed a series of issue briefs focusing on key questions for philanthropists around how to achieve transformational innovation. Our challenge was to dig behind the wealth of existing insights around this question to uncover meaningful and practical insights.
Transforming Senior Secondary Education in Nigeria
We conducted a study focused on transforming senior secondary education in Nigeria. We focused on the implications of the adoption of the new technical and vocational curriculum across Nigeria. We reviewed the state of the vocational curriculum rollout across Nigeria through visits and interviews with stakeholders in 6 states, and identified opportunities for Ford Foundation and others to intervene. 
Scaling Up the Sanitation and Safe Water for All Program
We provided strategic insights on successes, lessons learnt, and recommendations to assist the scale up of the Sanitation and Safe Water for All program, a first-of-its-kind market transformation program in the water and sanitation sector by the International Finance Corporation in Kenya.
Increasing Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls Through a Global Platform
We designed a global platform to support financial inclusion for the United Nations Capital Development Fund to increase economic empowerment of women and girls. We developed an empowerment framework, analyzed women and girls’ financial needs, mapped the financial inclusion space, and created operational and resource mobilization plans.
Economic Opportunities for Youth
We mapped economic opportunities for youth in Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania, DRC, and Cambodia as part of the United Nations Capital Development Fund's YouthStart Global Programme. We identified partners that were best placed to develop and run programs that address the challenges of youth unemployment.
UNLEASH: A Global Innovation Lab
We partnered with a range of development organizations to design and implement UNLEASH – a global innovation lab that brings together people to create the innovative solutions needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.
Analysing the Demand for Off Grid Appliances
We analyzed the current size and future demand potential of the off-grid and under-electrified market, for LED lighting fixtures and low-power, flat panel TVs, in Asia and Africa, for the Collaborative Labelling and Appliance Standards Program.
Studying Inclusive Businesses in India and Sri Lanka
We conducted a market scoping study of the inclusive business sector in India and Sri Lanka to understand how lack of debt and equity finance is limiting businesses’ growth and impact. We made recommendations on the design of a proposed Asian Development Bank inclusive business private equity fund.
Assessing an Agricultural Investment Strategy
We assessed the agricultural investment strategy of a major foreign government presence in Afghanistan, with an active portfolio of 1.15 billion USD. We evaluated the interventions currently funded, analyzed impact to date and future potential, and determined a balanced portfolio moving forward.
Developing a Roadmap to Invest in Healthcare in India
We helped USAID to develop a roadmap to invest in healthcare in India. We identified three key priorities for their investments: strengthen the financing landscape for health, engage the private sectors to improve health outcomes, and support innovative products, technologies, processes and business models.
Supporting WHO AFRO's Transformation Agenda
We supported the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa’s transformation agenda to improve its efficacy, accountability and responsiveness in dealing with health situations in the continent, and realign organizational structure with strategic priorities. We recommended improving key business processes, improving top-heavy pyramids, and facilitating better ways of working for intercountry teams.
Expanding the Movement of Women Funding Women and Girls
​​We collaborated with Women Moving Millions to develop a 'call to action' report that serves to define and expand the movement of women funding women and girls.
Examining International Value Chains
We partnered with the World Bank on their flagship project on international agriculture value chains in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. We interviewed value chain actors, food processors, government institutions and over 600 farmers to examine the impact of scheme arrangements and discuss supply chains.
Understanding Financial Services for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
We worked with the World Bank to run a survey in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia to help understand the accessibility and price ranges of services offered by banks, insurance firms and accountants to micro, small, and medium enterprises.
Conducting the World Bank’s Global Value Chain Survey
We conducted the World Bank’s Global Value Chain (GVC) Survey in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia. We interviewed around 45 businesses in agriculture and apparel in each country on the inputs needed to create an enabling environment for local goods and services suppliers to participate in GVCs.
Youth Unemployment: The Challenges and Related Solutions
High youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems confronting societies around the world – and especially acute for young people in developing countries. We created a website to lay out the landscape of challenges and related solutions in the youth unemployment ecosystem
Evaluating the Refugee Resettlement Process
In collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Resettlement Service, we undertook an end-to-end evaluation of existing resettlement processes. We developed targeted recommendations to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, integrity, quality, and refugee experience of the service.
Increasing Financing into Renewable Energy in Kosovo
Developing Business Models for Mini-Grid Operators in India
We worked with two renewable energy-based mini-grid players to develop business and operating models that address the need for electricity in rural India in a profitable and scalable manner.
Developing Branchless Banking Infrastructure in Indonesia
In partnership with frog design and BTPN bank, we created a new bottom of the pyramid financial service offering using branchless banking infrastructure that is currently being piloted for roll-out and scale-up in Indonesia.
Bringing Sustainable Sanitation Services to Towns Across India
We worked with CEPT University in India to bring sustainable and equitable sanitation services to small and medium towns in India. We worked closely with city governments and the private sector to implement a performance based contract for sanitation services.
Creating a Strategy to Invest in ICT4Ag
We helped a leading foundation invest in ICT4Ag solutions to support smallholders and catalyze agricultural transformation. ​We created an analytical framework to assess the landscape, analyzed trends and opportunities in the sector, and built a pipeline of investment opportunities.
The Big Bet Initiative: Finding New and Innovative Ideas for Global Development
We led the Big Bet Initiative to engage stakeholders around new and innovative ideas for global development. We published a book, 17 Big Bets for a Better World, which presents 17 bold and innovative ideas to reduce global poverty and improve lives, alongside hosting a series of innovation meetings.
Attracting private investment in El Salvador
We developed a strategy to attract private investment in El Salvador using the tools of Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Compact with the country. The Compact between MCC and the government of El Salvador focuses on investing in regulatory reforms, education, and logistical infrastructure.
Increasing Access to Off-Grid Solar Energy in Indonesia
We worked with a Japanese multinational consumer electronics corporation to develop a business model for delivery of solar energy to off-grid regions in Indonesia, specifically focusing on development of a financially viable strategy for targeting relevant B2B clients, such as rural banks.
Assessing Global Partnership for Education's Operational and Funding Model
​​We conducted an operational and funding assessment of the Global Partnership for Education. We analyzed capacity to deliver on its strategic plan, and redesigned the framework that currently disburses 500 million USD annually, with a goal to quadruple this amount by 2020.
Integrating Gender Into an Agricultural Portfolio
We developed a strategy to integrate gender-responsive interventions across the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s agricultural portfolio. We articulated the investment case for gender-responsive interventions and created a strategic framework for identifying key gender constraints at each step along the agricultural value chain.
Designing a 24 billion USD Agricultural Transformation Strategy
We worked with the African Development Bank to design a ten-year continent-wide agricultural transformation strategy for the Bank and its partners. We designed a 24 billion USD strategy that aims to end poverty, eliminate malnutrition and food insecurity, and expand agricultural exports.
Designing an Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria Treatment
We designed the business plan for an affordable medicines facility to improve affordability of, and access to, malaria treatment. Our work resulted in the creation of a new financing window to support malaria treatment, with 150 million USD already committed.
Structuring a 500 Million USD Facility for Energy Inclusion
We designed and structured the African Development Bank's 500 million USD Facility for Energy Inclusion to support renewable energy access continent-wide through off-grid solar, mini-grid and small independent power producers. The FEI is expected to catalyze energy access for an estimated 3 million people.
Measuring the Effectiveness of Advocacy
We designed a two-year controlled trial with the UN Foundation to measure the effectiveness of an advocacy campaign aiming to increase U.S. Members of Congress' support for malaria prevention and vaccinations in the Global South.
Developing the City of Dakar's Resilience Strategy
We helped the City of Dakar develop its resilience strategy, based on using technology to achieve resilience and implementing an inclusive governance strategy, as part of 100 Resilient Cities - pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Creating an Impact Investment Strategy to Increase Access to Energy
We supported the impact investment strategy for a US-based family office to address financing gaps in energy access value chains in South Asia and East Africa. We identified leading commercial models, analyzed market conditions and constraints, conducted value chain analysis and selected investment opportunities.
Accelerating the Financing of Critical Healthcare Commodities
We supported a multi-donor trust fund focused on reproductive, maternal and child health to design and launch a Commodities Credit Facility that accelerates the financing and provision of critical healthcare commodities in developing countries.
Reviewing the Feasibility of a Development Impact Bond for Population Services International
We examined Population Services International's portfolio of health interventions for suitability for creating a Development Impact Bond (DIB). We articulated the value proposition of DIBs, identified investors and outcome payers, created assessment criteria, and selected five interventions best suited for a DIB.
Designing and Implementing a Performance Based Malaria Bond
We partnered with a private-sector coalition to design, issue, and implement the Mozambique Malaria Performance Bond on behalf of the government of Mozambique. The bond will increase funding for, and the efficiency of, malaria interventions through a pay-for-performance mechanism.
Extending Energy Access to Rural and Underserved Areas in Uganda
We identified suitable pilot and financing partners to extend energy access to more rural, underserved areas in Uganda. We engaged energy providers and financiers in the country to understand incentives structures that can increase access to energy.  
Designing a Development Impact Bond to Reduce Cataracts
We designed and structured a first-of-its kind partnership with leading organizations in the eye health sector to fund high quality cataract services through a Development Impact Bond. The Cameroon Cataract Performance Bond is currently in its final stages of fundraising with impact investors.
Structuring a Small and Medium-Size Enterprise Venture Capital Fund
We structured a small and medium-size enterprise venture capital fund and designed a bond issuance to support the plantation industry in Sri Lanka. We assessed the demand for seed and expansion capital among SMEs and made recommendations on the structuring of the fund.
Launching the First Social Impact Bond in South Africa
We worked with mothers2mothers to bring to market the Impact Bond Innovation Fund - a first-of-its kind outcomes based financing mechanism for Early Childhood Development in South Africa with a target fund size of 48 million ZAR for its Cape Town pilot.
Developing a Private Foundation's Sustainable Agribusiness Portfolio
We advised a private foundation on developing its portfolio in sustainable agribusiness. We advised on strategy, facilitated the fund’s governance, built a pipeline of new potential investment opportunities, completed transactions and performed post-investment monitoring.
Impact Investment Mandate for a Family Foundation
We were the dedicated investment manager to a family foundation focused on agribusiness, renewable energy and waste management in Africa and Southeast Asia. We supported the definition of their impact investing strategy and led the execution of their investments.
Developing a Five-Year Strategic Plan for a Pension Scheme
We worked with a pension scheme to develop a 5-year strategic plan, including analysis of past performance, financial modelling to decide strategic asset allocations, investment decisions and performance indicators, workshops for priority alignment, and benchmarking.
Developing a Five-Year Strategy for an East African investment group
We developed a detailed 5-year strategy for a leading East African investment group. We reviewed past performance, conducted an opportunity analysis, facilitated workshops with senior management, and advised on structuring challenges, investment strategy and organizational capabilities.
Designing a Debt Financing Facility for Off-Grid Solar Energy
We supported the design of a debt financing facility for the off-grid solar market by conducting a landscape analysis of the market, assessing anticipated supply and demand for debt, identifying key markets and a prioritization framework, and recommending design and implementation.
Facilitating a Merger of Three Consumer Goods Companies
We facilitated the merging of three consumer goods companies by conducting financial valuations, analyzing historical performance and projecting future value with and without consolidation. Our recommendations were accompanied by communications plans and a 100-day post-merger implementation plan to guide execution. ​
The First Development Impact Bond Fund for Education in India
We designed and launched the first Development Impact Bond Fund to improve the quality of primary school education in India. We identified the most suitable education organizations, designed a financing mechanism, and coordinated negotiations and responsibilities of the fund consortium.
Designing a Funding Mechanism for Hypertension Interventions
We designed an intervention to address hypertension (high blood pressure) in low- and middle-income countries. We selected three cities to pilot the intervention, and recommended a financing approach whereby a coalition of strategic private sector actors demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of an integrated approach to combating hypertension.
Commercial Due Diligence of a Private Secondary School Chain
We conducted commercial due diligence of a private secondary school chain for middle income households. We assessed their marketing strategy, positioning, the socio-economic profile of parents and relevant supply/demand factors, alongside identifying key market trends and establishing financial benchmarks for expansion.
Designing and Launching a Billion Dollar Fund for Primary Education
We developed a funding strategy for a 1 billion USD facility to accelerate universal primary education. We identified key barriers and interventions opportunities, conducted due diligence and advised on funding opportunities. Our cross-functional team also supported organizational setup, governance and external stakeholder engagement.
Due Diligence and Valuation of a Telecom Player
We conducted a rapid commercial due diligence and valuation of a telecom player with a portfolio of 4G LTE spectrum across 14 countries. We used multiple technical valuation approaches, including proprietary modelling tailored to the Sub-Saharan African context.
Evaluating the Partnership for Cleaner Textiles Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s ready made garment sector ranks third largest in the world, bringing in 80% of the country’s export profits. However, poor use of resources is threatening the sector’s sustainability, not to mention the well-being of local communities. Water use in the Bangladeshi textile and apparel industry is three times the regional average and six times the global best practice.
Sizing the Market Potential for Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Low and Low/Middle Income Countries
Water and sanitation is often one of the most difficult infrastructure areas to invest in. Viewed as a public good, water and sanitation projects tend to be among the most subsidized, but in countries without the capacity to generate large revenues, funding for WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) is severely lacking. Dalberg supported the World Bank’s Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to size the commercial market potential for water and sanitation infrastructure in low and low/middle income countries, identify a pipeline of opportunities, and develop investment strategies for PIDG to increase its portfolio.   
Identifying and Scaling Sustainable Business Models Using Satellite Communications
As part of a vision to grow its share of the space industry to 10 percent by 2030, the UK dedicated $32 million GBP to finding innovative ways to use satellite technology in emerging markets. The UK government partnered with Inmarsat, an industry leader in mobile satellite communications, to build an international coalition to scale six sustainable business models using satellite communications for value-creation in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Inmarsat engaged Dalberg to identify and pilot opportunities, and to build a profitable and sustainable operating model to monitor and evaluate the pilots.  
Launching the One Billion Coalition for Resilience Campaign
As part of its commitment to humanitarian action and to the post-2015 SDGs agenda, the IFRC aims to engage at least one person in every household around the world in increasing resilience to adversity. This “One Billion Coalition for Resilience”campaign would operationalize efforts through the IFRC’s network of volunteers and National Societies, with a focus on better preparedness for natural disasters and humanitarian crises. To support the campaign strategy the Federation sought to define current levels of community resilience worldwide, and to identify where the greatest resilience gaps and opportunities existed.  
Creating a Strategy for Access to Appropriate Pricing for Vaccines
In order to achieve its mission to increase access to immunization in poor countries, Gavi provides financial and non-financial support to countries to run their vaccination and health systems strengthening programs. In 2015, Gavi was determining how best to help countries that were graduating from its support to smoothly transition to self-financing their own immunization programs. If Gavi financing is suddenly withdrawn, countries run the risk of not being able to procure the tens of millions of vaccines needed to immunize children and prevent life-threatening diseases like polio from returning.
Gender and the Internet Study
Across the developing world, nearly 25 percent fewer women than men have access to the internet – this gap soars to nearly 45 percent in regions like sub-Saharan Africa. Without the internet, women lack access to its tools, resources, and opportunities. And because women are critical collaborators in the effort to achieve development goals, such as reduced child mortality and increased economic growth, this gap disadvantages not just women, but also their families, communities, and countries.
Designing Innovative Products and Services to Meet the Financial Needs of the Poor
The urban poor face extreme challenges trying to make ends meet in the face of volatile incomes, steady expenditures, and frequent shocks due to disease or unemployment. They require financial services to help them manage cash flow needs and invest in income-generating assets like education or business improvements. Microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other financial service providers are designing innovative products and services to meet the financial needs of the poor. However, many of these providers find it challenging to develop and implement service experiences that reflect the needs and preferences of their customers.
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef
The Queensland government’s approval of the expansion of four major ports near the Great Barrier Reef would have resulted in the dredging of 51 million cubic meters of seabed material. Approximately 80% of this material would have been dumped within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, creating new endangered species, coral disease, and reducing tourism. In response, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launched a global campaign to protect the reef and its inhabitants.  
Creating a Strategy to Engage the Private Sector in the Moroccan Education System
Morocco’s education system is at a crossroads. Less than 15 percent of first grade students are expected to graduate from high school. Of those who do graduate, very few develop the right skills to succeed in the job market: four out of five unemployed people in Morocco are between the ages of 15 and 34. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) made a significant investment to address this problem and engaged Dalberg to guide its investment strategy and deployment.  
Smart Maps for Smart Cities Urban India’s $8 Billion+ Opportunity
India will see the greatest migration to cities of any country in the world over the next 35 years, with over 400 million new inhabitants flooding into urban areas. Digital maps hold particular promise to help achieve the government of India’s ambitions around Smart Cities. Our team started with a big, strategic question: What is the social and economic value of digital maps to India’s urban end-users: citizens, businesses, and government?  
Influencing Health Priorities in East Africa
Two major US-based research institutions, partners that have been well-respected for decades for their work in global health, wanted to engage more deeply in translating their evidence to policy action in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Their specialty is developing cutting-edge evidence on the impact and cost-effectiveness of global health interventions. This evidence flourished in academic circles, but the institutions believed their work was also well-suited to help policymakers in LMICs prioritize and cost out their health budgets more effectively.
Creating an Organizational Strategy for Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
To achieve its mandate to position agriculture as a catalyst for growth, the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) needed to assemble a team of employees who are data-driven, strategic, and deeply knowledgeable of the agriculture sector across Ethiopia. When the ATA first received its mandate, its team included only 7 people — a mix of international and local staff.
Identifying Future Leaders of a UN Agency
A leading UN agency found it needed new skill sets in its country representatives. The demands of the roles were changing and representatives faced: a need for greater inter-agency collaboration, lack of continued funding, changes in social and political ideology, and a need for stronger integration of new technology, among other challenges. The agency called on Dalberg to design and run leadership assessment centers to find suitable candidates in a transparent, independent, and objective evaluation process.   OUR APPROACH
Supporting the Formation of The Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria
There is an enormous unmet demand for finance among agricultural businesses in Nigeria. Small and mid-sized agribusinesses that manage integrated farming operations, or those that purchase crops from farmers and transform that output into food and other agricultural products, often lack access to sufficient bank credit to operate at their full potential. They also face limited options for the longer-term capital they need to grow. This lack of finance holds back the development of the agricultural sector, which accounts for at least a fifth of Nigeria’s economy (the largest in Africa) and over 50% of employment in the country.
Supporting Ethiopia’s Ministry of Industry to Accelerate Economic Growth
The government of Ethiopia was at risk of not meeting the ambitious targets of its five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP I), including an 11-15% growth in GDP and accession to the World Trade Organization. To ensure Ethiopia could achieve the goals laid out in the plan, the Korean International Cooperation Agency engaged Dalberg to support Ethiopia’s Ministry of Industry in identifying high-potential sectors that could serve as engines for the country’s economic growth.  
Developing a Business Plan for Cooking Fuels in Kenya's Cities
A leading energy company in East Africa was looking to enter the urban base of the pyramid (BoP) cooking fuel market in Kenya and hired Dalberg to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study and develop a business plan. 
Initiative for Smallholder Finance: Smallholder Impact and Risk Metric
The Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) is a multi-donor effort focused on expanding financing for smallholder farmers. ISF recognized that the smallholder agricultural finance sector needed a more coordinated approach to impact measurement to: • aggregate, demonstrate, and communicate impact within the wider agriculture industry; • drive internal improvements and risk reduction; and • help develop infrastructure that increases efficiency and profitability. Dalberg was hired to create a shared results measurement strategy agenda for ISF.   OUR APPROACH  
Devising a Foreign Assistance Policy and Strategy for an International Development Ministry
A newly-created ministry for international development engaged Dalberg to devise its first foreign assistance policy and strategy. This strategy is set to guide up to USD $20 billion in development and humanitarian assistance over a five-year period.   OUR APPROACH
Supporting Sustainable Fisheries
URGENT NEED Making small-scale fisheries sustainable is an urgent ecological, economic and social challenge. Ocean fisheries are one of our most important and resilient resources, yet they are in crisis. Nearly 40% of fisheries have collapsed or are overexploited, risking the livelihoods and food security of billions of people and pressuring countless species in the world’s most bio-diverse waters.