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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There Are 42,000 Young People Ready to Lead Tanzania’s Economic Growth: Here’s How They Got There

Young role models such as Malala, Amanda Gorman, and Greta Thunberg have given the world a glimmer of hope—that perhaps the world will be better one day because of their efforts. But what does it take to harness such youthful...

Webinar Series: Connecting Innovators with Funders in Bangladesh

Identifying and facilitating linkages between those who own promising digital tools for the agriculture sector—better known as AgTech—and those who have funds to invest is key to supporting the long-term sustainability of scalable digital AgTech tools. Panelists at a recent...


Gavin Wilson Named CEO of DAI Capital

Wilson’s appointment underlines DAI’s commitment to mobilize private capital at scale in emerging and frontier economies, the critical ingredient needed to drive global development and climate action

DAI, one of the world’s leading development consulting firms, today announced the appointment of Gavin E.R. Wilson as Chief Executive Officer of DAI Capital, its investment banking and asset management arm.

“As development professionals, we are increasingly attuned to the critical importance of capital flows that spur growth, create jobs, reduce poverty, and support the tax revenues underlying essential public services,” said DAI President and CEO Jim Boomgard. “Gavin’s extensive experience in public and private finance, his vision, his proven record of leadership, and his stature in the field will all be invaluable as we build DAI Capital into a driver of sustainable investment in the places that need it most.”

gavin news-8aa227.jpgGavin Wilson in DAI's Bethesda office.


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