Portfolio

Our Projects

We’ve helped governments, foundations and organisations around the world deliver equitable and sustainable digital solutions to their development challenges.

The Mastercard Foundation’s FiDA Partnership

FiDA Partnership works to promote meaningful financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa by synthesizing knowledge across the digital finance sector, conducting research and identifying how it affects the diverse stakeholders in this space.

Caribou Space Projects

We’re supporting the UK Space Agency’s multi-million pound, five-year ODA initiative, the International Partnership Programme. Now with 30 projects across 35 countries, the programme demonstrates the vital role the space sector plays in improving lives across developing countries.

We also support European Space Agency’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development programme to bring satellite technology into global development aid operations.

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Identity in a Digital Age

Digital identification systems play a critical role in the development of ethical, sustainable digital economies and societies. Caribou Digital has developed a holistic, multi-level perspective on such systems, joining contextual insights on user practices, an understanding of business models and technical innovation, and an awareness of changing country-level policy landscapes. Where others may focus on discrete identification systems, this perspective helps us see how complex, thriving national and regional identification ecosystems can be made more inclusive and effective, while protecting and promoting an individual’s agency, dignity, and privacy. We have worked on research for clients such as the Omidyar Network, DFID, World Bank, Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade and UNICEF. Our research has taken us to users in countries such as India, Lebanon, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Uganda and Brazil.

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Our Businesses

While Caribou Digital works chiefly as an advisory firm and research consultancy across the broad realm of digital development, we have developed specialised stand alone businesses to focus on areas we think are important:

Caribou Data

Caribou Data offers a new way to look at the nuance and complexity of how people engage with digital products and services in day-to-day life. Using anonymous, device-level data, we help our clients to better understand how the consumers they care about get online, communicate, use apps, consume content, make financial transactions, and more.

DFS Lab

Traditional banking models have failed the two billion people still without access to financial services, but in a world where mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous and internet connectivity is rapidly spreading, there is an unprecedented opportunity to provide everyone with honest and affordable financial services. DFS Lab accelerates fintech innovation in emerging markets. Once we find a team of entrepreneurs with an idea we believe in, we back them with the funding, mentorship, and expertise they need to thrive.

Caribou Digital Live Learning

Live Learning is how we offer clients insight into a specific digital sector in a particular market. Live Learning events are immersive and interactive, allowing participants to escape the boardroom and experience digital economies first-hand. We take clients to meet with top executives at leading companies in-market, and also to the streets to try out live products and see the small and family-run businesses that are at the heart of emerging economies. Events are designed to be intimate and personalized, focusing on gaining a deep understanding of the sector, pragmatic and applicable insights and valuable contacts. Our clients have included the Mastercard Foundation, Women’s World Banking and the Government of Indonesia.

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