While access to education has increased globally, many young people fail to receive a quality and relevant education. The effects are clear: students aren’t learning in the classroom and our education systems are not preparing job seekers for the current labor market. Globally, 201 million people are out of work resulting in social and political unrest, hindered economic growth, and prolonged “scarring effects” on jobless individuals.

Our global unemployment crisis demands innovative and comprehensive education and training solutions to respond to rapidly changing employment needs. Dalberg partners with educational institutions, corporations, foundations, NGOs, and governments to strengthen the education to employment pathway. Past clients include the African Development Bank, United Nations Capital Development Fund, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Yellowwoods Investments/Harambee, International Youth Foundation, Save the Children, and other leaders in this sector.


 Our Expertise:

  • Labor market analysis. We undertake rigorous desk and field research to identify sectors that will drive economic growth and create jobs.

  • Intervention strategy and theory of change. We develop theories of change for our clients, helping them align on vision and mission as well as set priorities to better target their interventions and improve education and employment outcomes.

  • Program design. We help our clients understand best practices and innovations in vocational education and skills training, and we work alongside them to develop their programs.

  • Investment strategy. We zoom in on investments matching client goals. We conduct due diligence and provide investment considerations across geographies ranging from vocational and work readiness programs to education investment funds.

  • Stakeholder engagement and partnership development. We facilitate matchmaking across public and private sectors to combine strengths and ensure that education programs meet the demands of dynamic labor markets.

  • Impact evaluation. We work with clients to create tools that measure impact. We use impact evaluation to refine our clients’ strategies and ensure they have the right partnerships and organizational structure to meet their objectives.

Client Success:

Millennium Challenge Corporation – Private Sector Engagement Strategy

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.

Our Approach

Our team first framed the problem as an education to employment challenge, recognizing that Morocco’s education system needs to prepare young people for success in the labor market. We then conducted a labor market analysis to identify Morocco’s growth sectors and the industries that were most likely to absorb young workers. Through rigorous desk and field research, we determined that hospitality, retail, construction, and manufacturing would be responsible for nearly 60% of the new jobs created in Morocco over the next five years. Finally, we identified private sector stakeholders and potential partners in these industries to assess their human capital challenges and determine how secondary and vocational education systems – and MCC’s investment – could more proactively address these challenges.

Based on our analyses, we made two recommendations: first, that the MCC create a fund for public-private partnerships that would support innovative job training solutions; and secondly, that investment be made in shared resource centers that focus on language and communication training to complement the existing secondary school curriculum with necessary soft skills development.


Dalberg worked with MCC to implement the fund by developing investment criteria, structuring the evaluation process, and identifying high-potential investments that have successfully strengthened the education to employment pathway.

See our Education to Employment articles in: the Mail and Guardian and Financial Times.

To learn more about our Education to Employment work, see our insights or contact:

Devang Vussonji, Johannesburg
Devang.Vussonji@dalberg.com   or

Joe Dougherty


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