Who We Are

DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.

We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. We work with a wide range of clients, including national and local governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, private corporations, and philanthropies.

Our Work

Since 1970, we have worked in more than 150 countries—delivering results across the spectrum of international development contexts, from stable societies and high-growth economies to challenging environments racked by political or military conflict.

Global Impact

We partner with local people and institutions on scores of projects worldwide.

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Elizabeth Littlefield Joins the DAI Board

Elizabeth Littlefield DAI is honored to welcome to its Board one of the development community’s most distinguished leaders, Elizabeth L. Littlefield.

Ms. Littlefield—who most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)—brings to DAI more than 30 years of expertise in development finance, economic development, conservation, and poverty reduction.

“Given the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals, it’s clear that mobilizing funding and engaging the private sector must be at the heart of our development mission,” said Betsey Nelson, Chair of the DAI Board. “There is literally no one better qualified to guide DAI in these areas than Elizabeth Littlefield.”


DAI offers rewarding careers for talented technical, managerial, and support professionals.