Preventing Pandemics at the Source
COVID-19 has killed millions of people, led to trillions in losses to the global economy, and rolled back years of progress on global poverty. And yet, most efforts to prevent future pandemics narrowly focus on improving health systems to better combat the next pandemic, while ignoring the root causes of the vast majority of past pandemics - the spillover of pathogens from animals to humans that occurs as a result of our broken relationship with nature.
We launched this initiative in recognition of the fact that infectious diseases like COVID-19 will appear again, and with increasing frequency, unless we get to the root of the problem and prevent pandemics at their source - at the point of spillover. Alongside a growing coalition of leading health, conservation, and COVID-survivor organizations, we are driving a three-pronged strategy: firmly establishing the evidence base linking nature-based solutions to reduced spillover risk; engaging in global and local advocacy efforts to create awareness of the importance and feasibility of pandemic prevention among policymakers worldwide; and creating a Global Fund for Pandemic Prevention to steward this cause and drive on-the-ground prevention efforts long after COVID-19 has passed.
Climate Smart Forest Economy Program
CSFEP is a ground-breaking program that aims to unlock the full climate potential of forests and forest products while upholding social and ecological safeguards. Its objective is to catalyze increased investment in sustainable forest management and reforestation through decarbonizing and transforming the urban environment. Starting with mass timber in construction, CSFEP supports breakthrough initiatives that demonstrate the full potential of sustainable forests and forest products to pave the way for future green growth.
With a global portfolio, CSFEP is initially focused on markets that will experience significant housing booms, including Central America, East Africa, and South East Asia. CSFEP is a collaboration amongst the World Resources Institute (WRI), World Economic Forum (WEF), and EIT Climate-KIC, with seed funding from Good Energies Foundation and underpinned by independent scientific council from The Nature Conservancy. The program is incubated by Dalberg Catalyst, working closely with Dalberg Advisors and Dalberg Implement to design and implement holistic solutions.
COVAX Country Readiness & Delivery
With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are working with the Dalberg Group and JSI to improve and harmonize knowledge management, communications, and tools and processes used at the global, regional, and country levels for the planning, implementation, and monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine programs.
This work facilitates collaboration, information exchange, and learning between country, region, and immunization partners and increases the readiness and capacity of COVAX participating countries, particularly LMICs, for the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccines’ delivery plans.
We need a historic step-change in ambition and financing to recover from this pandemic, achieve the SDGs and avert climate catastrophe – akin to the Marshall Plan and the original founding of the Bretton Woods Institutions. This will require public and private financing at the requisite scale, locally-led delivery, and getting the politics right.
Sharing Strategies regularly brings together a collective of key diverse and high-level partners who have agency to deliver on this ambition. Sharing Strategies works inter-sectorally. For example, stakeholders in climate and development are connected by their ambition to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensure a green and just recovery from COVID. However, the sectors are working in inefficient, ineffective silos and lack a shared strategy for success. As a trusted neutral brand, Sharing Strategies broadly, yet succinctly, shares cross-sector “intel with intent.”
Sharing Strategies operates through three priority work streams: Financing Global Public Goods; Co-delivering Local Public Goods; Building Local to Global Campaigns and Movements. Each brings together key actors to drive coordination, foster innovation, and present solutions to potential funders and change agents.
In response to the COVID crisis, Dalberg partnered with several organizations to form Safe Hands Kenya, a mission-driven alliance of Kenyan companies and community based organizations to deploy free soap, hand-washing stations, face-masks and public disinfection services to Kenya’s most vulnerable populations as a first line of defense against COVID-19. Over the course of four months, Safe Hands Kenya distributed 500,000 locally manufactured masks and 123 tons of locally produced soap, installed 1,750 handwashing stations in at-risk communities, and created 550 jobs for local youth.
The initiative designed and launched a high profile behavior change campaign #TibaNiSisi (Kiswahili for “We are the Cure”), which became Kenya’s most visible COVID-19 public awareness campaign, reaching over 3 million Kenyans with critical public safety messages. The work in Kenya inspired similar efforts in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Safe Hands Kenya was recognized by Fast Company in its 2020 World-Changing Ideas Awards as well as its Innovation by Design Awards.
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