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.


Protecting tigers from Asia’s infrastructure development boom

This blog draws on findings from a new report from Dalberg and WWF — Protecting Tigers from Asia’s Infrastructure Development Boom.

Tigers have travelled a rocky road over the past hundred years. Decimated from rampant poaching and merciless habitat destruction, the tiger population fell from over 100,000 at the start of the 20th century to just 3,200 in 2010. This rocky road is fast approaching a cliff edge.

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.


The genesis of India Stack can be traced back to the Government of India’s Open API Policy (2015).

A simple way for governments to help the poor and the environment

Around 85 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) still cook with wood, charcoal and other solid fuels. These traditional cooking techniques have dire effects on users’ health, environment and productivity.

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%.

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.

Great Barrier Reef under threat from planned port expansions to export fossil fuels

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and the only living structure that can be seen from space with the naked eye. Located on the eastern coast of Australia, the Reef is home to thousands of species of plants and animals including turtles, rays, crustaceans and corals, and is one of the world’s most diverse habitats.

The Reef also plays a critical role in the Australian economy; it supports almost 69,000 jobs and contributes nearly US$5.8 billion to the country each year through tourism, marine research, and commercial fishing.

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 to save Nigeria’s economy and stop corruption

LAGOS, Nigeria — The collapsed price of oil is putting pressure on oil exporters around the world, from Canada to Kuwait. But perhaps no country is less prepared to survive prices at about $30 a barrel than Nigeria, which until a few years ago relied heavily on petroleum exports for its revenue.

Steve Kisakye

Steve Kisakye is the Director and Head of Dalberg 3D based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Steve currently leads a 3D team implementing a government support program designed to transform the agricultural sector through business management principles, with the aim of a driving a ‘business unusual’ culture. He also does extensive work within the health and conservation sectors.

Safe Surgery - A Hope for Many Mothers