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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Trade in the Time of COVID-19—Risk or Opportunity?

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a transformational impact on trade. The World Trade Organisation predicts trade will shrink by 9.2 percent in 2020 compared with 2019, while the International Monetary Fund has said that the pandemic “is the worst crisis...

Racist Hardware and What to Do About It

In an astonishing letter to the editor published in the December 17, 2020, edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), a group of five doctors from the University of Michigan Medical School presented findings from their study on...


DAI Magister: The Leading Capital Advisor and Investment Bank for International and Emerging Markets

A strategic partnership between DAI and Magister will help Magister accelerate its growth in frontier and emerging markets, in addition to its European tech franchise, and support DAI’s efforts to mobilize commercial capital in the places that need it most.

DAI Magister


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