Desai & Associates


Development Economics for Sustainability and Impact.

Desai & Associates is a social finance-focused research, investments and advisory firm helping funders, founders and policymakers identify and implement innovative solutions to sustainable development challenges in climate, employment and inclusion. We leverage our inter-disciplinary expertise in development economics and impact investment, and strong partnership network with thought leaders, to help clients achieve their goals for growth, sustainability and impact while democratizing knowledge and building market capacity.

Desai & Associates provides thought leadership on development economics and social finance through academia and media, facilitates impact investment, philanthropy and blended finance in emerging markets focused on India, and advises start-ups, non-profits, foundations, investors and global organisations on innovative finance and development issues. Our goals are (i) To drive better capital allocation and strategic collaboration across public, private and civil-society through targeted projects on major development problems leveraging our unique insights, network and inter-disciplinary approach; and (ii) To help deepen the global social finance market and its talent pool over the next few decades.



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Access to Networks, Coaching and Mentoring of Management, Convenings, Financial Management and/or Accounting, Fundraising and/or Revenue Strategy, Human Resources, Impact Measurement, Marketing and Communication, Strategy Consulting

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