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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Finding Meaning in the J2SR Metrics

How can national-level indicators be best used to inform the debate around a given country’s development challenges? It’s a question many of us are asking following the release of the Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) Primary Metrics—17 cross-country metrics that the...

Applying the Principles for Digital Development in a Flourishing Digital Ecosystem

As a co-facilitator at a recent Feed the Future training on digital development for resilience and food security in Nairobi, I was struck by the stark contrast between the short amount of time (a scant four years) I’ve been settling...


DAI Names Tine Knott to Lead U.S. Government Business Unit

DAI today announced the appointment of Tine Knott to lead its U.S. Government Business Unit. As Senior Vice President, Knott will oversee DAI’s largest business unit, which is responsible for designing, marketing, and delivering DAI’s development solutions for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and other U.S. agencies.


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