Who We are?

Development Economics for Sustainability And Impact

Desai & Associates is an innovative finance focused academic, advisory and advocacy firm helping funders, founders and policy makers identify structure and deploy innovative solutions to sustainable development challenges in climate, inclusion and livelihoods. Our mission is to drive better capital allocation and tri-sector collaboration on intersectional development issues and help democratise knowledge to deepen the capacity of the innovative finance ecosystem in emerging markets.

What We do?

Desai & Associates provides (i) thought leadership on development economics and social finance through academia and digital media, (ii) facilitates impact investment, philanthropy and blended finance in emerging markets focused on India, and (iii) advises start-ups, not-profits, foundations, investors and global organisations on innovative finance and development issues. It leverages its inter-disciplinary expertise and strong partnership network with thought leaders to help clients achieve their goals for growth, sustainability and impact, while democratizing knowledge, fostering collaboration and building markets.


Innovative Finance


Thought Leadership


Social Capital Markets

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