Who We are?

Development Economics for Sustainability And Impact

Desai & Associates (D&A) is a social finance focused research, investments and advisory firm helping funders, founders and policymakers identify, structure and deploy innovative solutions to sustainable development challenges in climate, livelihoods and inclusion. Its mission is to drive better capital allocation and tri-sector collaboration on intersectional development issues and help deepen the capacity of the social 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.


Thought Leadership


Innovative Finance


Social Capital Markets

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