Social Sector Practice
Social Sector

Addressing society’s most urgent challenges

Social Sector

Addressing society’s most urgent challenges

Impact stories

Extending access to education for girls in developing countries

Malala Yousafzai’s campaign for girls’ right to education has attracted global support and won her recognition as the youngest-ever Nobel laureate.

Transforming a pharmacy together: The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital

Before 2015, the patient experience at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital pharmacy went something like this:... take the day off work to have your prescription filled; line up at dawn before the pharmacy opens in hopes of beating the rush; once inside, wait up to several hours for your prescription to be filled; or worse, wait only to experience a “false stock out”—a phenomenon in which a medication appears out of stock but is in fact available in pharmacy storerooms—and go home empty-handed.

Engaging teachers to advance childhood literacy

Raising reading proficiency to 85 percent by balancing support and accountability for educators

Agriculture as an economic engine

Helping boost exports, create jobs, and raise subsistence farmers out of poverty.


Andres Cadena

Senior Partner, Bogotá
Champions Latin America’s economic development and applies his financial and strategic expertise in his work with the region’s public and private...

Michael Conway

Senior Partner, Philadelphia
Helps public health organizations and bio-pharmaceutical businesses address strategic, organization, and operations challenges

Mona Mourshed

Senior Partner
Supports school systems, vocational programs, universities, and education-to-employment programs around the world

Adam Sabow

Senior Partner, Chicago
Works with pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, global health institutions, and not for profits to support commercial and operational...

Featured capabilities

Africa Delivery Hub

In this new model of client service, local public and social sector experts are “on the ground” helping to translate strategy recommendations into pragmatic working programs and processes.

Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool

The Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool is a free online tool that helps non-profits assess their operational capacity and identify strengths and areas for improvement.



Eradicating polio in Nigeria

– The country’s novel approach to disease control can offer lessons for other countries facing urgent public-health challenges.


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