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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Hybrid Finance Model Shows Promise in Boosting Access to Sanitation

The Philippines is one of only two countries in Southeast Asia to be behind in their commitments to eliminating open defecation and achieving universal access to basic sanitation by 2030, according to the UNICEF-World Health Organization Joint Monitoring Programme. It...

Flagged for Review: A Look at Hate Speech in the International Development Context

Many countries around the world recognize June as Pride Month—a time to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, while reflecting on the community’s history. But this year it’s not just sunshine and rainbows. In cyberspace, the discourse...


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.