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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Community Seed Production: A Pathway for Building Resilience in South Sudan

Any economic development work in an agro-based community such as South Sudan—where approximately 85 percent of households depend on crop cultivation—must emphasize the quality of the seed supply.  

Overcoming Gender Biases to Support Cyber Workforce Development in North Macedonia

In my country of North Macedonia and elsewhere, cyberattacks on our essential services are becoming increasingly multifaceted and intricate. To defend against them, diverse teams equipped with myriad perspectives are key to comprehensive cybersecurity problem solving. This diversity, however, does...


MicroVest Launches New Framework for Portfolio Impact Management

MicroVest, a pioneer of U.S.-based microfinance investing, this week launched its new Impact Framework: The Pyramid of Intentionality (PI). The new Framework seeks to evolve the practice of impact management across the asset manager’s existing and future funds, with a standardized approach to assessing, managing, and measuring the impact targeted by the firm’s investments, in line with leading industry standards.


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