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.

Swetha Totapally

Swetha Totapally is an Associate Partner based in San Francisco and Bombay. She is a leader of the firm’s technology and gender equality practice areas. She seeks to identify when and how best to use technology to reduce inequality and make progress on important gender outcomes, especially for South Asian women. She has advised a wide range of clients including major publicly listed companies, foundations and philanthropic organizations, non-profits, and multilateral institutions on development-related issues. 

Process Learnings from The Educate Girls Development Impact Bond

The Educate Girls Development Impact Bond (EG DIB), the first DIB in India and in education globally, signals that DIBs can drive significant innovation and impact gains, even in organizations that have a strong trajectory of delivery, as EG did prior to the DIB. 

CDC - Women’s 2X measurement definition

  • Dalberg is currently working with CDC to operationalize their commitment to participate in the 2X challenge, an effort by leading Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) to mobilize $3B in financing to women’s equality.
  • Dalberg is developing specific technical guidance that will enable investment teams to better identify and screen investments that will have meaningful impact on women’s equality. 


UBSOF – Quality Education India Development Impact Bond


  • Dalberg is working with UBS Optimus Foundation, BAT, MSDF and Tata Trusts on the design and performance management of the “Quality Education India” Development Impact Bond.
  • Dalberg identified the most suitable NGOs, designed the financing model and coordinated different stakeholders.
  • Dalberg designed a performance management framework and will be working with NGOs to diagnose potential challenges in interventions, and is planning to develop recommendations around addressing those challenges. 

Sasakawa Peace Foundation – Asia women’s impact fund strategy

  • Dalberg conducted an initial market assessment of the landscape of gender lens investing in Asia and to articulate the theory of change for the Women’s Impact Fund, a USD 100 million impact investment fund that aims to increase positive gender outcomes in Asia. For more information about the fund, follow the link here.

Dayoung Lee

Dayoung Lee is an Associate Partner based in Mumbai and a co-lead of the Education to Employment Practice. Her other focus areas include early childhood & youth development, gender, health, ICT and monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEL). She enjoys working at the intersection of strategy and human-centred design and is excited about leveraging technology right to enhance and scale impact.

"Where are the Men?" Emerging Design Insights and Opportunities for Reaching Young Men in The Battle Against HIV

The burden of HIV/AIDS on women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa is well known.

Dalberg Celebrates International Women's Day

This International Women's Day, Dalberg celebrated the progress made globally on gender equality and women and girl's empowerment. Over the past decade we have witnessed a drastic drop in child marriage, near parity in primary school enrollment, and a staggering decline in maternal mortality.

But we also realise the need to ensure this progress continues. The past year has highlighted that sexism and misogyny remain all too frequent elements of our workplace and society.

Time Poverty: Why it Matters and What To Do About it

Globally, women and girls do the vast majority of caregiving and domestic work in the home. These heavy and disproportional responsibilities result in time poverty. We must act now to tackle the time poverty burden and transform our societies.

Time Poverty infographic


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.