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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This Time It’s Different: A New Measure of Competitiveness, Now Including Nature

This article is the first in a series that explores the relationship between competitiveness and sustainability through a new lens that seeks to account for the use and abuse of natural capital. In this series—titled The Nature of Competitiveness: a...

My Transition from a Tech Company to DAI

Before joining DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration (CDA), I worked in the software development industry. For the majority of my 15 years in this field, I only worked for tech companies whose main business model was building software. To successfully...


James E. Watson Joins DAI to Head U.S. Programs

DAI is pleased to welcome to the firm James E. Watson II, an accomplished executive who as Vice President for U.S. Government Programs will oversee a project portfolio encompassing 89 long-term initiatives in almost 50 countries. Watson comes to DAI after a distinguished 32-year career with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).


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