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We Do

Our Manifesto

The world has entered an era of converging crises, and we need a different way of solving problems. Dalberg Catalyst exists to tackle at the root some of the most pressing societal and planetary challenges of our time. We take on these challenges with agility and tenacity, doing what it takes to drive transformational change. We can’t do this alone; we act alongside vision-aligned partners to collectively push for that change. With humility, we build momentum for bold ideas – through analysis, strategy, co-creation, coalition-building, and advocacy. What we’ve set out to do is hard.  But we believe it’s what’s required to bring about the seismic shifts the world needs

How We
Create Impact

Proactively Initiate Change

We catalyze forward-leaning action with critical actors when an emerging paradigm has reached a tipping point and we see an unprecedented opportunity for needed shifts.

Sample initiative: Preventing Pandemics at the Source, Dalberg Catalyst’s flagship initiative originated with a series of closed roundtables amongst actors in global health and conservation, to map and plan actions to help prevent the next pandemic by intervening at the point of spillover of viruses.

Incubate Systems Orchestrators

We host, and partner with, seasoned leaders-of-leaders who have the skills, relationships and legitimacy needed to orchestrate systems work and act as neutral brokers for transformation.

Sample orchestrator: Jamie Drummond (founder of the advocacy organization ONE)  orchestrates a global network called Sharing Strategies, which enables exchange of “intelligence with intent” and helps global leaders align on key areas of action needed to achieve the SDGs and climate goals.

Accelerate Strategic Programs

We occasionally agree to sponsor and co-create / co-govern programs of work that come our way, if those programs can contribute to multiple agendas of interest to us.

Sample program: SDG Leadership Lab, a leadership development program that equips country-level leaders in the UN system with tools and approaches for systems thinking and adaptive leadership; we support this program because we believe “systems thinking” is a critical ingredient to solving complex issues.


Our Progress

With 4 years under Catalyst’s belt, we are delighted to share a lookback report describing what we’ve been up to, as well as our approach and aspirations. We hope it offers a glimpse into what we’ve been able to tangibly achieve with our fantastic partners over the last few years.


We share this report in the hope of inviting other initiatives, entrepreneurs, and organisations to reach out, so our combined efforts can be more than the sum of their parts. If you would like to learn more, please reach out through the "Contact Us" page.

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