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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#MindTheGap: A Development Finance Primer

In our #mindthegap series we explore the multitrillion-dollar finance gap to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and how to close it. In this primer, we provide an overview of development finance and its various components, including public, private, domestic, and...

Preparing International Development Professionals for the Digital Age

This post originally appeared on the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ website. Rapid advances in technology are transforming every industry in the global economy. In particular, the disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic pushed governments, companies, and citizens to...


DAI Board Member Elizabeth Littlefield Named One of Reuters' Trailblazing Women on Climate Change

DAI Board member Elizabeth Littlefield has been included in Reuters Impact’s list of women leading the fight against climate change. The list of 25 trailblazers, announced to coincide with International Women’s Day, recognizes women whose contributions to the fight against climate change are significant but perhaps less well-known than others.

“I’m honored to be named alongside such a distinguished group of women and delighted to see their diverse activities recognized,” said Littlefield.

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