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DAI’s Ian Rose to Present in Mozambique on Legal Reform in the Land Sector

Ian Rose, DAI’s Senior Principal Global Practice Specialist for Land Tenure and Property Rights, will present at the upcoming CASP conference in Mozambique.

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USAID Nexos Locales Partner Municipality Wins Technology Award

Chiantla, a municipality of 98,000 people in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, has won a “Best Use of Technology” award from the National Association of Municipalities for creating a municipal transparency mobile app designed to help citizens hold government accountable for delivering services.

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DAI Named Government Contractor of the Year

DAI was named 2017 Government Contractor of the Year at the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards.

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West Bank and Gaza Jump 26 Places in World Bank “Doing Business” 2018 Rankings

The economy of the West Bank and Gaza moved up 26 places in the World Bank Doing Business report for 2018, from 140th to 114th in the annual ranking of 190 economies. The West Bank and Gaza’s overall score—an average of 10 indicators that measure ease of doing business—increased from 54.88 to 58.68 on a scale of 1 to 100, the ninth-largest year-over-year improvement among the 190 economies measured.

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DAI Celebrates Global Employee Ownership Month

DAI celebrated Global Employee Ownership (GEO) Month in October. Events included the annual shareholders meeting, a GEO orientation for new employees, and socials in both our U.S. and U.K. offices.

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Doug McLean Named to Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Board

DAI is delighted to announce that Doug McLean has been elected to the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Board of Directors as a Strategic Partner, effective November 1.

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DAI Launches Checkpoint Blog to Explore Fragile States Programming

DAI is delighted to unveil a new blog, Checkpoint.

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DAI Raises Nearly $7,000 for the Linda Norgrove Foundation

DAI hosted a number of events throughout the month of September to raise funds for the Linda Norgrove Foundation. The events raised a total of $6,800.

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Two DAI Employees Named 2017 Gunning Award Winners for Their Community Service

DAI is delighted honor the two winners of this year’s David H. Gunning Award for Community Service. Ina Nasution, a pricing manager in the U.S. Business Development Unit, and Laure Lightbourne, a senior accountant.

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Southeast Asia Ministers Adopt DAI-Assisted Regional Guidelines for Promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture

DAI’s environment team produced two technical chapters on agricultural resilience for guidelines recently adopted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The chapters—on integrated farming systems and rice-shrimp rotational farming—address factors critical to the livelihoods of millions of rural people across the ASEAN nations.

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Young Afghan Women Trained in Mountaineering With Support of Linda Norgrove Foundation

Last year, DAI employees raised $6,882 through a series of fundraising events for the Linda Norgrove Foundation to benefit Ascend, a woman’s empowerment program in Afghanistan.

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John Yates Joins DAI to Lead Public Financial Management Practice

DAI has brought on John Yates to lead a team of practitioners who deliver technical assistance around macroeconomic policy, domestic resource mobilization, budget planning and execution, tax and customs administration, central banking, trade and investment policy, and the business enabling environment.

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Jean Gilson, Sarah Helmstadter Named to SID-Washington Leadership Posts

Jean Gilson has been appointed to serve as the SID-International Governing Council Liaison to the Society for International Development, Washington, D.C. Chapter Board. In addition, Sarah Helmstadter has been elected as a Board Director at SID-Washington.

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DAI Ranked Top Firm Globally in Social Sector Consulting

DAI is the top-ranked firm globally in social sector consulting, according to the inaugural issue of WhoKnowsAbout, a “global competence ranking” of management consulting companies.

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DAI and IntraHealth Join Forces to Amplify Global Health Impact

IntraHealth International and DAI today announced a strategic affiliation that will enable the two organizations to extend their reach and amplify their collective impact in the global health arena.

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DAI Launches New Unit to Serve Commercial Clients and Host Governments

DAI today announced the launch of the Sustainable Business Group, a unit designed to help private companies operate sustainably, responsibly, and profitably.

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Another Big Win for Food Security: Zambia Signs $93.5 Million in Contracts to Sell Surplus Grain to African Countries in Need

On June 28, Zambia signed $93.5 million worth of trade contracts with buyers from East and Southern Africa to export grains to countries suffering from a drought affecting more than 40 million people. The contracts—to sell more than 380,000 tons of white maize, soybeans, and other grains—are projected to provide food for 1.78 million families for six months.

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DaNa Facility and Asia Foundation Launch Programme to Improve Subnational Business Environments in Myanmar

The DaNa Facility and The Asia Foundation this week launched a three-year programme to improve business competitiveness in Myanmar. Central to the programme is the Myanmar Business Environment Index (Myanmar BEI), an initiative that will identify constraints to business, recommend improvements to the regulatory environment, and raise awareness of opportunities to reform the business environment.

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DAI to Launch USAID Health Information System Program in Haiti

DAI is set to begin implementation of the Haiti Strategic Health Information System (HIS) Program. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the project team will consolidate and integrate Haiti’s at-present disconnected health information assets to create a comprehensive national system.

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DAI to Collaborate with ExxonMobil on Centre for Local Business Development in Guyana

DAI will work with Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd (EEPGL), an affiliate of ExxonMobil, to support EEPGL’s establishment of the Centre for Local Business Development in Georgetown, Guyana.

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Now Available: The Summer 2017 Issue of DAI’s Developments Newsletter

The Summer 2017 issue of DAI’s Developments newsletter is now available.

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DAI’s StARCK+ Holds Climate-Resilient Agriculture Event in Kenya

The Finance for Climate Change Innovation Fund (FICCF), operated by a DAI-led project, recently held a two-day conference in Nairobi to share achievements under the Climate Smart Agriculture pilot.

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DAI Granted Accredited Observer Status by the Green Climate Fund

DAI was recently granted Accredited Observer status by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a body set up in 2010 through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to address the climate adaptation needs and carbon emission reduction strategies of developing countries.

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DAI Acquires HPI Group, Adds Expertise in Global Health, Women’s Empowerment

DAI announces the acquisition of the HPI Group, which consists of Health Partners International (HPI) and WISE Development.

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Ghanaian Petroleum Employees Take Part in DAI Training

Employees of the Ghana Petroleum Commission, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, and the Ministry of Energy recently participated in a DAI-led training to manage and oversee the local content regulations that spell out how the country must interact with foreign private sector investors.

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DAI Board Members Engage with Partners and Projects in Nairobi, Kenya

Members of DAI’s Board visited project sites in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday as part of their quarterly meeting, which they seek to hold once per year in a country where DAI works.

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BRIDGE Supports Food Security Panel at 2017 Earth Optimism Summit

A recent panel discussion, during the Smithsonian Institution’s Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C., was supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE) Project, implemented by DAI.

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DAI Launches the Center for Secure and Stable States

DAI today announced the launch of the Center for Secure and Stable States, a center of excellence with a mission to raise the bar for development and security programming in fragile states.

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DAI Joins Investors’ Circle, ANDE—Global Leaders in Mobilizing Investment and Capital for Small and Growing Businesses

DAI is delighted to announce it has joined Investors’ Circle and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), global leaders in supporting small and growing businesses dedicated to improving their communities and the world.

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DAI Global Health Joins CEPI Partners Forum

DAI Global Health has joined the Partners Forum of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), an alliance to promote vaccine development as part of the effort to prevent and respond to pandemic threats.

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Kosmos Innovation Center Develops Tech Startups to Solve Agriculture Problems in Ghana

In 2016, DAI partnered with Kosmos Energy to launch the the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) in Ghana. Now in its second year, KIC is supporting a group of 80 young entrepreneurs in developing innovative, technology-driven business concepts to address Ghana’s pressing development issues.

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DAI Wins Innovations in Employee Ownership Award for 2017

DAI was recognized this week as a winner of the 2017 Innovations in Employee Ownership Award by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing unbiased information and research on broad-based employee stock plans.

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DAI Joins Forces with Local Content Solutions Ltd.

DAI today announced that it is joining forces with Local Content Solutions Ltd. (LCS). Led by Dr. Michael Warner, the U.K.-based LCS is a global leader in providing consulting and software solutions to governments developing and overseeing local content regimes, and companies seeking to optimize their local workforce and local supply chains.

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Spring 2017 Issue of DAI’s Developments Newsletter Now Available

DAI is delighted to introduce the Spring 2017 issue of our Developments newsletter, featuring 10 articles by our staff on DAI’s work in inclusive and municipal finance, stability, food security, and other areas.

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DAI Presents Three Papers at the 2017 World Bank Land Conference

DAI presented three papers at the annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference this week in Washington, D.C. The Land Tenure and Property Rights team shared key lessons learned on the use of public-private partnerships in land administration in Cabo Verde, the challenges of large-scale rural land certification and administration in Ethiopia, and the impact of infrastructure investments on land and livelihoods in Ghana.

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DAI Invests in MobileODT, a Breakthrough Provider of Cervical Cancer Detection Technology

DAI today announced an investment in the mHealth service provider, MobileODT.

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A Trade Solution to the Food Security Challenge: Surplus Grains Worth $93 Million Now Available to Countries in Need

A food security milestone was achieved this month with the signing of contracts to sell 279,000 metric tons of food grains from areas of surplus in East Africa to areas of need.

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U.S. Apparel Retailers, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Join Forces to Improve Competitiveness and Social Responsibility

The American Apparel and Footwear Association has signed a partnership agreement with the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. The partnership is projected to create up to 45,000 labor jobs in East Africa as well as jobs in the United States in trade, advertising, logistics, distribution, and retail.

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DAI Brussels Holds Official Launch Events

DAI officially unveiled its Brussels office last week with a series of events.

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DAI and UCL Host Panel on Risk Financing for Disaster Preparedness

With the University College of London Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, DAI recently held a panel discussion on effective financial planning for disasters, titled “Risk Financing for the Developing World.”

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Jean Gilson Elected to Global Leadership Post with Society for International Development

DAI Senior Vice President for Strategy Jean Gilson has been elected to a second term on the Society for International Development (SID) Governing Council, where she will serve until 2020.

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More Than 500 Rural Tanzanians Now Have Land Titles

DAI held an official ceremony to hand over 502 land titles to villagers in Tanzania.

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DAI Invests in THINKMD’s Clinical Assessment Technology

DAI and THINKMD today announced a strategic partnership that will use DAI’s extensive international network to bring THINKMD’s digital health products to new markets. As part of this partnership, DAI led THINKMD’s latest financing round, joined by Fresh Tracks Capital and select private investors.

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John Maris to Chair Working Group on International Development

John Maris, DAI’s Director of Project Management in Europe, has been elected Chair of British Expertise International’s (BEI) Development Aid Working Group.

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Development Secretary Priti Patel Stresses Economic Growth in Visit to Ethiopia Industrial Park

Speaking at a burgeoning industrial park in Ethiopia, where clothing is being manufactured for brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, UK Development Secretary Priti Patel said that continued development assistance will help Ethiopia create jobs to sustain its rapidly growing native and refugee populations.

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New Journal Article Details How Mekong Communities Implement Climate Adaptation

A newly released article in the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Changes details how rural communities in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam are building resilience with activities that merge climate science with the knowledge and expertise of local farmers.

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Kenyan Microfinance NGO Unveils Plans to Reach 1 Million Women by 2021

Kenyan social enterprise Joyful Women Organization (JOYWO) recently announced an ambitious five-year strategic plan, which was developed with the support of the Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises (FIRM) project, led by DAI and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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DAI’s MorSEFF Promotes Sustainable Energy Finance Facility at COP22

Representatives from nearly 200 countries recently gathered at the COP22 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Morocco and pledged to move forward on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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Following Private Sector Advocacy, Kenya Repeals Law That Deterred Foreign Investment

A 2015 Kenya law that required 30-percent Kenyan ownership of businesses registered by foreign firms was recently repealed after successful advocacy by the business community with direct support from an economic growth program led by DAI.

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Ten Years Later: Steven Rosenberg, “Creative Father” of Serbia’s Association for Local Economic Development

Ten years after DAI helped Serbia launch its National Association for Local Economic Development (NALED), NALED stands as an example for local institution building and deep-rooted development that endures.

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DAI Global Health Celebrates One Health Day

DAI Global Health celebrates globally the first annual One Health Day on November 3.

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DAI Raises $6,882 for the Linda Norgrove Foundation

DAI staff recently raised $6,882 for the Linda Norgrove Foundation during annual activities to observe the October 8, 2010, passing of the DAI staff member. The foundation gives grants to assist programs in Afghanistan that help women and children affected by the war.

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DAI Global Health Welcomes Susan Scribner

DAI is delighted to announce that Susan Scribner has joined the firm as Vice President of Health Systems Solutions and Director of the Preparedness and Response project, a U.S. Agency for International Development program that facilitates pandemic preparedness across three regions and 16 countries.

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DAI Named Prime Partner of the Year for 2016

DAI is delighted to announce that it has been named Prime Partner of the Year by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC). The award is designed “to recognize a prime contractor who demonstrates excellence in sub-contracting and support to small businesses to accelerate their success.”

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DAI Conference Highlighted by Addresses from CEO James Boomgard and Former USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah

The DAI Global Staff Conference launched Monday, October 3, convening more than 600 staff from DAI headquarters in Washington and London and from project locations all over the world. The weeklong conference in Washington welcomed an array of guests to help DAI staff celebrate successes, absorb lessons learned from across the company’s portfolio, and discuss ways to improve collaboration and deepen the impact of projects worldwide.

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Gunning Service Award Winners for 2016 Announced at DAI Global Staff Conference

On October 4, at the DAI Global Staff Conference in Rockville, Maryland, DAI was delighted to announce the 2016 winners of the David H. Gunning Award for Community Service.

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Innovation into Action Challenge Winners Begin to Implement Their Solutions in the Field

In May 2016, DAI and its partners announced four winners in the Innovation into Action Challenge, a competition to identify and support products and services that will help people in developing nations tackle social and economic challenges.

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Ten Years and Counting: Serbia’s Local Economic Development Association Throws a Birthday Party

Ten years after DAI helped Serbia launch its National Association for Local Economic Development (NALED), NALED celebrated the milestone with a gala in Belgrade that attracted more than 600 political and business leaders, mayors, representatives of state institutions and international organizations, and diplomats.

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DAI and Partner IMC Honoured for Outstanding Relationship with Subcontractors

DAI Europe Ltd. and joint venture partner IMC Worldwide recently won top honour from the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) for supplier excellence in the category of “Fair Treatment of Subcontractors.”

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DAI Biodiversity Expert Jim Tarrant Speaks on Integration Panel

Jim Tarrant, Chief of Party of the Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE) project, was a featured panelist at a recent discussion on the need for integrated development approaches.

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Ethiopian Tax Team Visits Counterparts in Rwanda and Tanzania

A high-level team from the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA), led by Ato Desta Bezabh Gebrehiwet, Deputy Director General and Head of Domestic Tax Department, and facilitated by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID)-funded Tax, Audit and Transparency (TAUT) programme led by DAI, visited revenue authorities in Rwanda and Tanzania during the past two weeks.

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DAI Europe Earns ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Certifications

DAI Europe has achieved the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards, establishing it as an operations leader in international development consulting and implementation.

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Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility Wins Clean Energy Award

A DAI-led project that provides credit to hundreds of small businesses in Poland to improve energy efficiency was recently honored with the Financing Deal of the Year award at the 2016 Central and Eastern European (CEE) Clean Energy Awards.

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DAI Presents Gender Case Studies at European Development Days 2016

DAI recently hosted a lab session and stand on gender equality at the 10th annual European Development Days conference in Brussels.

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DAI’s Kanini Mutooni Appointed to Global Innovation Fund Board

DAI’s Kanini Mutooni, director for investment at the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Global Innovation Fund.

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Afghanistan Holds National Gender Summit

A national summit on gender equality was recently held in Afghanistan that brought together activist and civil society groups to set priorities and establish coalitions.

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Innovation into Action Challenge Winners Chosen

Last night, DAI and its partners announced four winners of the Innovation into Action Challenge, a competition designed to find and support products and services that will help people in developing nations tackle social and economic development problems.

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Nine Finalists Selected for Innovation into Action Challenge

Nine organizations have been chosen as finalists for the DAI Innovation into Action Challenge, a global competition designed to find and support products and services that will help people in developing nations tackle social and economic development problems.

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ICT4D Leader Bobby Jefferson Joins DAI’s Global Health Team

DAI today announced that Bobby Jefferson has joined DAI as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for DAI Global Health, effective May 1. A leader in the field of information and communications technology for development (ICT4D), Jefferson will focus on expanding DAI’s range of digital health services.

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DAI’s Employee Ownership Initiative Wins Prestigious Award

DAI was yesterday named an award winner at the 17th annual conference of the Global Equity Organization (GEO), a professional membership organization dedicated to advancing understanding of employee share plans. DAI won in a new award category, Best Use of a Share Plan in a Private Company.

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DAI Empowers Young Colombian Innovators via NASA Space Apps Challenge

Colombia’s 2015 floods affected some 18,000 people. They destroyed homes and bridges, caused the suspension of water and sanitation services, and killed at least 83. The loss of life and millions of dollars in damage have re-emphasized the importance of confronting the effects of climate change in Colombia.

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DAI Hosts LGBTI Advocate Chloe Schwenke

DAI this week hosted Chloe Schwenke for a presentation in its Bethesda office. Schwenke is a leading voice in the efforts to integrate sexual minorities into the work of the international development community.

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Fiscal Reform Project Continues to Support Government of Jordan’s Public Financial Management

Over the past decade, Jordan has been successful in achieving many of its reform goals in education, health, and economic privatization and liberalization. The government continues to introduce social protection mechanisms and reform subsidies, creating the conditions for public-private partnerships in infrastructure and improving its overall fiscal and budgetary health.

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Jim Winkler elected to Board of Directors for Corporate Council on Africa

Senior Trade and Investment Advisor Jim Winkler has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), a nonprofit, membership-based organization that promotes business and investment between the U.S. and African countries.

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DAI to Present at European Development Days 2016

DAI is pleased to have been selected to host a lab and stand at the annual European Development Days event in Brussels on June 15-16.

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DAI Presents EC-Funded Study on Uganda Land Governance

DAI recently hosted a workshop in Kampala, Uganda, on the implementation of the country’s national land policy (NLP). The workshop presented the findings of a seven-week capacity assessment to support the implementation of the NLP.

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USAID, DAI Partner from Thailand Honored for Courage by U.S. Department of State

A key partner of the USAID Sapan Program in Thailand was presented the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.

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DAI Presents Four Papers at 2016 World Bank Conference

DAI’s Land Tenure and Property Rights team presented four papers at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2016, on March 14–18, in Washington, D.C.

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Innovation into Action Challenge Attracts Great Response

The response to the Innovation into Action Challenge, whose application window closed last week, has been rich, broad, and diverse. All told, the competition attracted entries from 296 innovators in 49 countries.

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Kosmos Energy Launches Groundbreaking Social Investment Initiative in Ghana

Kosmos Energy today launched the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) in Accra, Ghana. With DAI’s assistance, Kosmos will take a market-driven approach to catalyze innovation and promote youth employment in the Ghanaian agricultural sector. DAI will provide capacity building support, personnel recruitment and management, stakeholder engagement, investment due diligence, and ongoing technical assistance to the initiative.

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DAI Unveils New ICT4D Blog

DAI’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team has launched [email protected], a blog offering a behind-the-scenes look at the way digital technologies are contributing to global development work.

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DAI Mourns the Passing of J. Peter Morrow

DAI is deeply saddened to mark the passing of J. Peter Morrow, who led the dramatic turnaround of the Agricultural Bank of Mongolia (rebranded as Khan Bank) under a DAI project and went on to become one of Mongolia’s most respected business leaders and most honored foreign citizens. Morrow, who worked for DAI from 2000 to 2010, died on August 4 in Seattle. He was 68 years old.

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A Trio of Innovators Get Closer to Market

DAI has developed considerable expertise in the disciplines required to source and nurture good ideas and support the entrepreneurs and innovators who come up with them so they can bring their innovations to market. We are currently drawing on this body of experience in the Innovation into Action Challenge, for example, a contest that awards prizes, field visits, and tailored mentoring and partnering opportunities for initiatives with the potential to make a difference in developing and transitioning nations.

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DAI and Partners Launch Innovation into Action Challenge

DAI and three key partners announced the launch of the Innovation into Action Challenge, a new challenge designed to support innovations with the potential to make a difference in the lives of people in emerging and transitioning nations.

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Top Newspaper Names Farmer Assisted by Feed the Future Liberia FED Project as its Person of the Year

A former businessman who took up farming to help Liberia become more self-sufficient at generating food was named Person of the Year by the Daily Observer, one of the country’s top newspapers.

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New Headquarters Improves Service Delivery by Somaliland’s Ministry of Interior

An effort that began in 2011 recently came to fruition in Somaliland at the end of 2015 with the handover of a newly constructed facility to house the 145 employees who work for the region’s Ministry of Interior.

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Winter 2015 Issue of DAI’s Developments Newsletter Now Available

The Winter 2015 issue of DAI’s Developments newsletter is now available. Leading off, Vanna Kruy describes how he developed an application—now with 300,000 downloads and counting—that enables Cambodians to use smartphones more easily using their native Khmer alphabet.

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Jordan Fiscal Reform Project Produces Video on Youth Development Programming

Jordan continues to carry the burden of high unemployment rates among its young people—at 30 percent. The Fiscal Reform Project (FRP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, supports young Jordanians, current students and recent graduates, through its Internship and Volunteer Program.

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Jordan’s Customs Department—A Middle East Model—Launches Regional Training Center

The Jordan Customs Department last week inaugurated its newly certified regional training center in Amman, a forum for customs staff from more than 10 Middle East countries to train, strengthen ties, and improve cross-border commerce and traffic. The center allows the Jordan Customs Department to conduct high-quality training for customs officers, partner government agencies, and private sector representatives in the region.

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DAI Announces Winners of Gunning Service Awards for 2015

DAI is delighted honor the two winners of this year’s David H. Gunning Award for Community Service. They are Caity Campos, who founded and runs a nonprofit for at-risk youth in South and Central America, and Katie Prowse, who works for an education charity in Zambia. Matt Woodhouse, a trustee and founder of Katapult Kilimanjaro, a U.K. charity that promotes sustainable development in Tanzania, was selected as the winner of an “honorable mention” prize.

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Honduran NGO Wins White House Award

The Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE), a Honduran nongovernmental organization, was honored November 19 at a reception at the home of Joe Eldridge and DAI Board Member Maria Otero. Earlier this week, OYE was presented with the International Spotlight Award in a White House ceremony with First Lady Michelle Obama.

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LIFT Programme Issues Second-Level Land Certificates in Ethiopia

DAI’s Land Investment for Transformation (LIFT) programme in Ethiopia recently issued second-level land certificates to farmers for the first time at an event in Dejen Kebele, Emba Alaje Woreda, Tigray.

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Health Informatics Leader Chris LeGrand Joins DAI

DAI today announced the appointment of Christopher A. LeGrand to its global leadership team. LeGrand, the former CEO of Futures Group, will assume the role of President, DAI Global Health. In this newly created position, he will focus on advancing DAI’s global health portfolio, with an emphasis on emerging health markets and services.

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DAI’s Roggemann: Know Local Mobile Realities Before Designing, Implementing ICT4D Programs

As the rate of mobile penetration grows globally, youth-focused local programming will need to account for the nuanced preferences of this mobile-first generation.

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Fall 2015 Issue of DAI’s Developments Newsletter Available Online

The Fall 2015 issue of DAI’s Developments newsletter is now available online. Leading off, Mathilde Gaston-Mathé and Emmanuel Moyart describe how the African, Caribbean, and Pacific/European Union Microfinance Programme vitalized a network of practitioners and stakeholders—including more than 2,400 microfinance institutions, 3,000 staff, and 57 policy makers—across 32 countries.

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DAI Raises More Than $5k for the Linda Norgrove Foundation

DAI recently hosted a number of events to raise funds for the Linda Norgrove Foundation, a grant-giving trust that provides funding for women, families, and children in Afghanistan, focusing on education, health, childcare, and scholarships to help Afghan women go to university.

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Philippines Recognized for Recent Government Reforms

The Philippines, a founding member of the international Open Government Partnership (OGP), has been recognized as one of the leading OGP participants. The OGP is an international organization promoting transparency, civic participation, the fight against corruption, and new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable.

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African Union, Africa Lead Agree to Collaborate on Support for Malabo Declaration and New Alliance

The African Union Commission’s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (AUC/DREA) recently signed a letter of agreement with Africa Lead, a top program of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative.

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Sir Malcolm Bruce Joins DAI as a Senior Advisor

DAI is delighted to announce that Sir Malcolm Bruce has joined the firm in an advisory capacity, effective immediately. A distinguished public servant, Bruce brings to DAI more than 40 years of experience spanning government, private industry, and non-profit roles.

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Programme Launches Interactive Database of Education Innovations from Across Pakistan

The U.K. Department of International Development (DFID)-funded Ilm Ideas—Pakistan Education Fund recently launched an interactive database of innovations designed to increase access for Pakistani children to quality education. Developed and implemented by Pakistani organizations and entrepreneurs, the edinnovators.com virtual platform connects these innovators with Pakistan’s wider education ecosystem.

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DAI Mexico Transferred to Local Team, Doing Business as INTEGRO

DAI is delighted to announce the sale of its Mexico City-based regional consulting practice, DAI Mexico, to the outstanding team of local managers and technical specialists who have run the operation since it was started in 2009.

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DAI Welcomes Second Fellow from President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship

DAI is delighted to welcome Alueshima Utsaha as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Alueshima will work through September at DAI, focusing on Health governance and leadership in addition to, conducting desk research in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming as well as how enhanced domestic resource mobilization could be used to bolster HIV programs in developing countries.

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Video: Longtime DAI Employee Offers Perspective on Development in Gaza

Halim Halabi has worked for DAI on various economic development programs in Palestine since 1994. He has an extensive background in improving the operating environment for West Bank and Gaza firms by strengthening the capacity of key private sector institutions, improving firm-level access to business services and supporting the growth of competitive industry clusters. He has also designed and managed private enterprise development funds.

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Online Platform Launched to Connect East African Farmers to Markets, Improve Incomes and Food Availability

The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) has launched an online trading platform that enables smallholder farmers to track their produce to warehouses and buyers via their mobile phones as well as interact directly with traders and bankers.

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DAI’s Jean Gilson Re-elected to SID-Washington Leadership Post

Jean Gilson, DAI’s Senior Vice President for Strategy and Information Technology, has been re-elected as Vice President for Programs at the Society for International Development, Washington, D.C., Chapter (SID-Washington).

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New Primer on Market Systems Development Available

Bill Grant, DAI’s Global Practice Leader for Market Systems Development, has published a new summary paper—”Market Systems Development: A Primer on Pro-Poor Programming”—coming out of DAI’s recent economic growth conference in London.

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Study Released on Electricity Value Chain in Niger Delta

DAI, the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI), and the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), have released an initial study of the electricity value chain in the Niger Delta.

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Summer 2015 Issue of Developments Now Available

The Summer 2015 issue of DAI’s Developments newsletter is now available online.

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DAI’s Juan Estrada-Valle Elected Board Member of Agribusiness Economics and Management Group

DAI’s Juan Estrada-Valle, who has worked for more than 20 years in agriculture, value chain development, and market-based strategies in conflict-affected environments, was elected a board member of the Agribusiness Economics and Management Section of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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DAI Named One of Six YouthPower IDIQ Holders

DAI was recently selected as one of six holders of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s YouthPower Implementation Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contract (IDIQ). YouthPower is USAID’s platform for implementing and scaling up positive youth development programs globally.

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DAI Hosts Second Annual Small Business Fair

DAI recently hosted its second annual small business fair at DAI headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, where representatives from small development firms met with DAI staff members to establish connections and explore partnerships.

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DAI-led SERVIR Demand Project Hosts Stakeholder Forum

The DAI-led SERVIR Program Demand Activity brought together representatives from nearly 20 organizations that work at the nexus of global climate change and technology for an inaugural two-day forum around the topic of collaboration.

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USAID TIS Supports Arts and Culture Week to Engage Youth in Puntland

Traditional arts and culture contribute to peace and stability in Somalia. In a country where youth struggle to find education and job opportunities, and avoid piracy, crime and extremism, arts and culture can provide safe outlets for peaceful self-expression and socialization.

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USAID Jordan Fiscal Reform Project Produces Video on New Budgeting Tool

As part of the Government of Jordan’s 2025 economic vision of fiscal reforms, it is adopting a General Financial Management Information System (GFMIS) to help it ensure consistent accounting of public funds. GFMIS is being implemented with the support of the Jordan Fiscal Reform Bridge Activity, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance.

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DAI Staffer Runner-Up for Prestigious Rice Award

DAI is pleased to announce that Caity Campos, an Associate on DAI’s Technical Services team, has been selected as a runner-up for the Society for International Development (SID) 2015 Andrew E. Rice Award.

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Chuck Chopak to Co-Chair SID Workgroup on Food Security & Agriculture

DAI Vice President for Technical Services Chuck Chopak has been chosen to co-chair the Society for International Development (SID) Washington, D.C., Chapter’s workgroup on food security and agriculture.

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DAI Helps Meet Urgent Need for Shelter in Hard-Hit Nepalese Village

DAI has contributed £2,000 to support pressing reconstruction needs in Nepal following the earthquakes and aftershocks that devastated the country in late April and early May.

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DAI Staff Donate to Kathmandu Orphanage in Wake of Nepal Earthquakes

In the aftermath of Nepal’s recent earthquakes, DAI staff have raised £1,000 to support a Kathmandu orphanage home to 12 children. The fundraising effort was led by London-based project manager Cari Wood, whose family has supported the Grace Home Orphanage since 2000.

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DAI Workshop Explores Systemic Market Development

More than 90 practitioners from around the world convened April 28–29 in London for a workshop titled “Pushing the Frontier: DAI’s Experience in Systemic Market Development for Inclusive Economic Growth.”

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USAID Preparedness & Response Project Hosts One Health Workshop

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Preparedness and Response (P&R) project brought together 30 representatives from 10 countries to learn what the project and its partners are doing to build national and regional One Health capacity to emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases.

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Space Apps Challenge Seeks Solutions for Adaptation to Climate Change

The Regional Climate Change Program (RCCP) recently supported the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica (TEC)’s participation in the annual International Space Apps Challenge, sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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DAI’s Jim Winkler Highlights Higher Education and Workforce Development at North America-Mongolia Business Council

As the rising youth population in Mongolia comes of age, the American University of Mongolia (AUM) can prepare them to contribute to their country’s economic development while helping businesses—fueled by mining-related growth—to meet their urgent need for a trained workforce.

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DAI Convenes Global Experts to Explore Systemic Market Development

Economic development programs that seek to help people lift themselves out of poverty are increasingly adopting systemic market development approaches. On April 28–29 in London, DAI will convene 80 top practitioners to explore this trend at a workshop titled ‘Pushing the Frontier: DAIs Experience in Systemic Market Development for Inclusive Economic Growth.’

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DAI to Host Two Labs at 2015 European Development Days

DAI is pleased to be hosting two labs at the annual European Development Days event in Brussels on June 3–4.

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Palestinian Businesses, Diaspora Sign Agreement to Promote Economic Growth, Trade

The Palestinian Business Forum-Britain recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Market Development Programme (PMDP) to encourage the participation of the diaspora in the growth of Palestine’s economy.

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DAI to Present at 2015 World Bank Conference

DAI’s Land Tenure and Property Rights team will make two presentations—one looking at the emerging trends and recent initiatives for improving land tenure in Africa and the second looking at how the Mozambican private sector, international investors, and donors are working to introduce more flexibility into land rights transfers—at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2015, on March 23–27.

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Spring 2015 Issue of Developments Now Available

The Spring 2015 issue of DAI’s Developments online newsletter is now available.

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DAI Project Sponsors Appmaker Event in Cambodia with Mozilla and Souktel

The Cambodia Development Innovations project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), recently hosted a mobile application-building event that brought together youth and staff members of Cambodian civil society organizations (CSOs).

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DAI Raises Funds to Help Ebola Orphans Return to School

DAI’s UK offices recently held a fundraiser on behalf of Street Child, a charity focused primarily on achieving universal access to education. The charity came to the attention of a DAI-led and U.K. Department for International Development-funded programme, Access to Security and Justice Programme (ASJP), in Sierra Leone.

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Thai Scientist Goes From Microscopes to Policy-making

From examining microbes under a microscope to pitching policy recommendations that could affect the sharing of biological resources within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Program gave Honglada “Lada” Thoetkiattikul the skills, experience, and connections to help her shift her career and apply her expertise to improve science-based policy-making in the region.

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USAID Program Credited with Energizing Zimbabwe’s Agribusiness

Ministers, the U.S. ambassador, and local stakeholders commended the revival of Zimbabwe’s once-flourishing agriculture sector at an event marking the close of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Competitiveness Program (Zim-ACP).

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DAI, Souktel, and MFO Launch Mobile Financial Education Services with Facebook’s Internet.org

In low-income countries, good information about personal budgeting and saving is hard to find. Many people have limited schooling and little familiarity with financial institutions.

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U.S. Acting Ambassador to Malawi Visits DAI-Led Feed the Future Project

United States Acting Ambassador to Malawi Michael Gonzales and a team from the U.S. Embassy and Malawi Mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently visited the Feed the Future Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains (FtF-INVC) project.

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DAI CEO James Boomgard Issues Statement on Release of Alan Gross

In response to the reported release of Alan Gross, DAI President and CEO James Boomgard today issued the following statement.

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DAI and Partners to Address Emerging Pandemic Threats such as Ebola

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has chosen DAI and three partners—Training Resources Group, The Futures Group, and the African Field Epidemiology Network—to implement a five-year program to help countries prepare for and respond to disease outbreaks.

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DAI’s Enrique Giraldo Presents Best Practices in Fiscal Reform at High-Level OECD Events

Since the passage of El Salvador’s Access to Public Information Law in 2011, DAI has assisted that government to promote fiscal transparency initiatives including a public-private sector agreement on fiscal transparency policy, adopting International Public Sector Accounting Standards, upgrading the Government Financial Management Information System, implementing an e-procurement system, and launching a revamped Fiscal Transparency Portal.

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A Big Thank You to the Ivymount School

Opening the pantries in the kitchens of DAI, employees have their pick of teas and coffees. Cups are always well stocked and organized. And cutlery is never in short supply. This is no accident—four students and their job coaches come to DAI’s Bethesda, Maryland, office twice a week for several hours to help stock the kitchens as part of a school-to-work job training program organized by the Ivymount School, a Washington, D.C., organization for young people with special needs.

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DAI Announces Winners of Gunning Service Awards for 2014

DAI is delighted to announce three winners of this year’s David H. Gunning Award for Community Service: Christel Milazzo, who runs a food pantry in Montgomery County, Maryland; and Alia Afshar-Gandhi and Jessica Stretz, who work with My Brother’s Keeper Orphanage in Liberia.

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EBRD Launches €200 Million Sustainable Energy Financing Facility in Poland

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has [launched]http://www.ebrd.com/pages/news/press/2014/141105.shtml() its second Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF2), implemented by DAI, with €200 million that will be loaned via local banks to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Poland to finance investments to replace or upgrade heating, cooling, electric, and related systems, thereby reducing energy bills and decreasing carbon emissions.

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Education Campaign Programme Wins DAI Innovation of the Year

DAI is delighted to announce that the Transforming Education in Pakistan (TEP) programme has won Innovation of the Year with its Alif Ailaan Data Platform.

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Sonal Shah is Featured Speaker to Kick Off DAI Innovation Week

Sonal Shah, founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, will be the featured speaker during DAI Innovation Week October 27–31.

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Health Worker Receives Presidential Award Following Project Assistance

While improving local sanitation conditions is a difficult job with often little reward, such was not the case for Pak Mulyadi, a health worker from the Kedaung Barat Health Center in Tangerang District, Indonesia.

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DAI Raises Over $6k for the Linda Norgrove Foundation

DAI hosted three events last week to raise funds for the Linda Norgrove Foundation, a grant-giving trust that provides funding for women, families, and children in Afghanistan, focusing on education, health, childcare, and scholarships to help Afghan women go to university.

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DAI-Managed Programme Highlighted in Official EU Communication

The European Commission (EC) recently published its Communication on Private Sector Development (PSD) under the Agenda for Change framework, which sets out the EU Development Policy.

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DAI Participates in USAID Frontiers in Development Forum

When the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Frontiers in Development Forum kicked off September 18 in Washington, D.C., a DAI team was there to help address the forum’s driving question—”How will we eradicate extreme poverty by 2030?”

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Summer 2014 Issue of Developments Now Available

The Summer 2014 issue of DAI’s Developments newsletter is now available.

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Donation to Norgrove Foundation Marks Marcotte Retirement

DAI’s Senior Vice President, U.S. Government Business Unit, Betsy Marcotte retired from the company this month after nine years of service.

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DAI Helps Lead African Trade Discussion at SID-Washington Event

With multibillion-dollar transportation projects under way, including for a railway connecting Mombasa to Nairobi and eventually Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Southern Sudan, Kenya’s rapid development is setting the pace for many other African countries.

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One Company, One Brand: DAI Retires HTSPE Name

Some seven months after the combination of DAI and HTSPE Ltd., DAI today announced that the HTSPE brand will be retired and the firm will begin doing business as DAI, effective July 31, 2014.

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Asian Bishops Issue Call to Prevent Global Warming, Mitigate Climate Change

Calling it their spiritual obligation to “safeguard the integrity of creation,” the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) is asking church members to take action to prevent global warming and mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Community Service Award Goes Far for Somaliland Youth Organization

Last year, two DAI employees received the company’s inaugural David H. Gunning Award for Community Service. Each awardee received $5,000 for donation to their respective social service organizations.

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DAI Hosts Fellow from President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship

DAI is delighted to welcome Zainab Ferrah Conteh as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Zainab will work through September with DAI’s Africa Region team.

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Project Supports Tourism Promotion Efforts in Lebanon

U.S. Ambassador David Hale and the Lebanese Minister of Tourism Michel Pharaon recently launched “Travel Lebanon” to promote domestic tourism in Lebanon.

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DAI Holds Inaugural Small Business Fair

DAI recently held its first small business fair, where small U.S.-based firms met with DAI staff members in its Bethesda, Maryland, headquarters to establish connections and potential partnerships.

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DAI Names Christopher Lockett to Head European Operations

DAI today announced that Christopher Lockett, a 10-year veteran of HTSPE Ltd., has been appointed Managing Director of DAI Europe and Senior Vice President of DAI.

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Calculating the Fiscal Cost to Jordan of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Since 2011, the Syrian conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and destroyed countless homes and businesses, forcing Syrians by the thousands to seek refuge in the region. Jordan generously opened its borders to these refugees, who settled in camps established by the United Nations and in northern cities such as Irbid, Ramtha, and Mafraq, resulting in a rapid, nearly 10 percent increase in the population.

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USAID Project Supports Construction of Major Wind Farm in Somaliland

The Government of Somaliland recently launched its first pilot wind farm, an initiative to power the Hargeisa International Airport, sending a clear signal that Somaliland has abundant renewable energy resources.

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DAI’s Jean Gilson Appointed to SID Global Leadership Post

Jean Gilson, DAI’s Senior Vice President for Strategy and Information Technology, has been appointed to serve as Vice President on the Executive Committee of the Society for International Development, the umbrella group of which SID-Washington is a leading member.

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At SID Conference, DAI Leads Discussion on New Models of Innovation and Collaboration

For private sector firms, filling market gaps in developing nations can be good business. Over the past couple of decades, accordingly, private resource flows to developing nations have risen exponentially, far outpacing official development assistance.

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PolSEFF Partner Bank Wins Award from EBRD

BNP Paribas Bank Polska—a partner bank of the DAI-implemented Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF) program—won the EBRD 2014 Sustainability Energy and Climate Change Award for achievements in supporting small and medium enterprises in their initiatives to increase energy efficiency and apply energy from renewable sources.

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Elizabeth Nelson Appointed Chair of DAI Board of Directors

DAI is delighted to announce the appointment of [Elizabeth (Betsey) Nelson]/who-we-are/board/elizabeth-nelson() as Chair of DAI’s Board of Directors. She succeeds outgoing chair Jim Boomgard, DAI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, who had led the Board on an interim basis since the retirement of longtime chair David Gunning in May 2013.

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Low-Income Households in Indonesia Get Improved Water Supply and Sanitation Facilities

U.S. Ambassador Robert O. Blake Jr. accompanied by the Mayor of Surakarta, Indonesia, recently inaugurated new water supply and sanitation facilities in the neighborhood of Semanggi.

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DAI to Moderate Panel on Innovations in Science & Technology at SID Conference

DAI will join more than 600 development professionals on May 20 at the Society for International Development (SID)-Washington 2014 Annual Conference. The event will feature a keynote address by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah.

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Global Innovation Summit Director Advocates for New Paradigm at SID Event

Venture capitalist Victor Hwang, CEO of T2 Venture Creation and author of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley, called for a new paradigm to promote development innovation at a May 7 meeting of the Society for International Development Private Sector Working Group in Washington, D.C.

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Land Tenure Specialists Reflect on World Bank Conference

Last month, nearly 1,000 members of the land rights community gathered at the 15th annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty to present field-based research, announce new initiatives, and develop partnerships. According to the World Bank, the conference aims to “foster dialogue and the sharing of best practices on the diversity of reforms, approaches, and experiences that are being implemented in the land sector around the world.”

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DAI's Steven Lawry Invited to Present on Land Rights to European Parliament

According to Dr. Steven Lawry, DAI’s Global Practice Lead for Land Tenure and Property Rights, customary land tenure rights provide poor farmers in Africa access to land as a social right.

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HTSPE Honored for Outstanding International Development Project 2014

Rwanda Land Tenure Regularisation (LTR), an HTSPE-led project to increase land rights, stability, and economic opportunity, was named Outstanding International Development Project (non-physical) 2014 by the London-based trade organization British Expertise.

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DAI Hosts Twitter Chat on Women and ICT

As part of a month-long Devex campaign on the contributions of women and girls in developing countries, DAI hosted a live Twitter chat this week.

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Winter 2013-2014 Issue of Developments is Available Online

The Winter 2013-2014 issue of DAI’s Developments newsletter is now available.

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HTSPE Shortlisted for British Expertise Award

An HTSPE-led project is one of three shortlisted by the London-based trade organization British Expertise for Outstanding International Development Project 2014.

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Private and Civil Society Partnership Boosts Water Supply in Indonesia

East Java’s dwindling supply of raw water is being replenished thanks to an initiative launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and two key partners in Indonesia’s private and civil society sectors.

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DAI CEO Jim Boomgard Named to Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid

DAI President and CEO Jim Boomgard has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the United States’ Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). The committee consists of leaders in the international development community who advise the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S. Government agencies on development policy.

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DAI’s James Boomgard Named Chair of Council of International Development CompaniesBlank

The Council of International Development Companies (CIDC) has named DAI President and CEO James Boomgard]—formerly one of three co-chairs—as the CIDC Chair for 2014.

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DAI Joins Forces with International Development Consultancy, HTSPE Ltd.

HTSPE Ltd. has agreed to join forces with DAI, a global development company with corporate headquarters in London and Washington and project operations in 70 countries worldwide.

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DFID Permanent Secretary Visits Women Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

U.K. Department of International Development (DFID) Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock recently met with women entrepreneurs who are part of a DFID-funded project to boost lending to small and women-owned firms in Ethiopia.

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DAI Recognizes Two Employees for their Community Service

Two DAI employees will receive the company’s inaugural David H. Gunning Award for Community Service in 2013. Mubarak Abdi and Vikki Groves will each receive $5,000 for donation to their respective social service organizations—the Somaliland National Youth Organization (SONYO) and Kings World Trust for Children.

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New Issue of DAI Journal Focuses on Resilience

On November 7, typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines. The latest in a series of high-profile disasters and increasingly severe weather events, Haiyan has drawn relief and development practitioners’ attention once again to the concept of resilience.

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Development Leaders Come Together for Inaugural CIDC Conference

Nearly 170 members of the global development community came together this week at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural Council of International Development Companies (CIDC) Conference.

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DAI’s Saad Hamid to Present “60-Second Education” at Telenor Youth Summit

Ilm Ideas Communications Specialist Saad Hamid was one of 26 social entrepreneurs selected globally to present at the inaugural Telenor Youth Summit on December 9–11 in Oslo, Norway.

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ICT, Access to Finance Stressed as Solutions to Empower Women

At the DAI-hosted lab at this year’s European Development Days, participants were challenged to come up with creative ways of economically empowering women in developing countries.

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Project Supports Historic Elections in Sri Lanka

On September 21, residents in Northern Sri Lanka cast their ballots as part of an historic event—the first-ever Northern Provincial Council Elections. Election Day turnout was extremely high at 68 percent, representing a dramatic increase from previous years despite a very tense electoral environment.

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Wide-Ranging Economic Growth Project Launches in Jordan

The [Jordan Competitiveness Program (JCP)]/our-work/projects/jordan-competitiveness-program-jcp() has officially launched—with ambitious goals of creating some 40,000 jobs over the next five years and attracting foreign investment to the Kingdom.

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DAI Project Assists Honduran Government in Passing Regulations to Protect Natural Areas

The government of Honduras has passed laws that will allow the private sector to invest in infrastructure and visitor services in the country’s underfunded national parks, enabling the development of tourism concessions in these spectacular but unfrequented protected natural areas.

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Gahaya Links’ Janet Nkubana, USAID’s Alex Thier to Speak on European Development Days Gender Panel

Janet Nkubana, the co-founder of Rwanda-based Gahaya Links, will be one of four speakers at the upcoming European Development Days conference, November 26–27. She will be part of a DAI-sponsored innovation lab addressing women’s economic empowerment called “Harnessing public private partnerships to connect women’s businesses to international supply chains.”

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Mozambique’s World Bank Business Ranking Improves

Mozambique, which has historically struggled with the process of issuing construction permits, jumped 46 places on the construction permit indicator in the recently released World Bank Doing Business 2014 report.

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Community Water Association in Indonesia Wins Award

The Community Association of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users in the Lamongan District of Indonesia was chosen as one of 12 winners of the Drinking Water and Environmental Health Award from the National Working Group on Drinking Water and Sanitation.

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Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda wins Phoenix Award from the Society of American Travel Writers

The Nyungwe Nziza (“Beautiful Nyungwe”) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was named one of the winners of the Society of American Travel Writers’ (SATW) Phoenix Awards at SATW’s annual convention in Biloxi, Mississippi, this month.

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DAI Honors Vietnam Business Leader and Project Partner

Dau Anh Tuan of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) won a Development Leadership Award from DAI for his “exemplary leadership in making Vietnam a stronger economy and society for businesses and the Vietnamese people.”

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Girls Going to School Against the Odds in Pakistan

The transition from primary school to middle school is a difficult one for children all across the world. It is especially difficult if you happen to be born in rural Sindh province in Pakistan.

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Latest Issue of DAI’s Developments Newsletter Now Available Online

The Summer 2013 issue of DAI’s newsletter, Developments, is now available online.

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DAI’s Jean Gilson Re-elected to SID-Washington Leadership Post

Jean Gilson, DAI’s Senior Vice President for Strategy and Information Technology, has been re-elected as Chair for Chapter Affairs at the Society for International Development, Washington, D.C., Chapter (SID-Washington).

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DAI’s Julian Lob-Levyt to Speak on Sidelines of U.K. Labour Party Conference

With the focus shifting from aid commitments to aid impact, the question in the global development community is: how can we maximize our results by utilizing every tool, partner, and technology available?

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Moldovan Plum Producers Learn Serbian Best Practices

Plum production in Moldova has always been important to the country’s economy, pulling in high yields and profits, domestically and internationally.

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U.S. Senator, Ambassador Visit Project Site in Liberia

The DAI-led Food and Enterprise Development Program (FED) in Liberia, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), recently hosted U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, and U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac on a visit to the New Generational Women farm near Monrovia.

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DAI Project Helps Afghan Municipality Boost Tax Revenue

Through May 2013, the town of Chaghcharan in Afghanistan collected more property taxes than any time in its history. During April and May 2013 alone, revenue from property taxes increased 1,150 percent compared to the whole of 2012.

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West Africa GIS Workshop Shines Light on Women and Climate Change

University students from Benin, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria recently came together for 10 days of training on geospatial technology, through a fellowship program supported by MyCOE/SERVIR, a joint initiative between My Community Our Earth (MyCOE) and the SERVIR satellite-based Earth observation platform of data and imagery.

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DAI to Host Lab on Women’s Economic Empowerment at European Development Days

DAI is pleased to have been selected to host a lab at the annual European Development Days event, held in Brussels on November 26-27. EUDevDays, as it is known, is Europe’s premier forum on development cooperation between international organizations, and business, political, academic, and civil society leaders.

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Johannesburg Roundtable Lays Out Strategies for Community Engagement by Extractive Industry

“Are you going to have a cookie-cutter solution, or are you going to take the time to consider a range of options and design something that has impact?” asked DAI President and CEO Jim Boomgard, speaking to a room of extractive industry executives operating in Southern Africa.

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DAI Project Hosts Harvest Learning Event in Tanzania

The DAI-led [Economic Strengthening for Households Affected by AIDS (IMARISHA)][1] project—in partnership with four other organizations—recently hosted the Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato Harvest Event. The event brought together the expertise of programs supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Agriculture Initiative, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Primatologist Jane Goodall Visits Rwanda Project

World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall recently visited the Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda as part of an ongoing collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Strengthening Sustainable Ecotourism in and around Nyungwe National Park (SSENNP) project.

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DAI’s SERVIR Team Supports Africa Land Cover Mapping Conference

The International Symposium on Land Cover Mapping for the African Continent, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), with support from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Tsinghua University, and the joint USAID/NASA SERVIR program recently took place in Nairobi, Kenya.

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DAI’s Claudia Manning Speaks at SASDC Synergy Conference

Claudia Manning, Managing Director of DAI’s Johannesburg office, spoke to delegates this week at the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC) Synergy Conference about challenges facing the country, particularly about the various instruments that could be used by government and the private sector to ameliorate unemployment. The SASDC is modeled on the successful U.S. National Minority Supplier Development Council.

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DAI Hosts Workshop on Participation in Development

DAI, in partnership with the Carnegie Endowment, hosted a workshop in London convening policymakers, practitioners, and academics to discuss “Making Participation Work for Development.

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DAI’s Chuck Chopak Presents at Annual AIARD Conference

Dr. Chuck Chopak, DAI’s Regional Managing Director for the Africa region and president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD), opened the association’s 49th annual conference by highlighting the increased significance of AIARD as a group that brings together a diversity of stakeholders from academia, the public sector, and the private sector to build consensus and understanding around agricultural development.

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DAI Experts Share Lessons Learned at Health and Agriculture Conference

Jerry Martin, DAI’s Global Practice Leader for One Health and Infectious Disease, and [Robert Salerno][2], DAI’s Specialist in Health, Nutrition, and Livelihoods, each presented papers on the linkages between agriculture and health at the 3rd Annual Leverhulme Center for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) conference “Developing methods in agriculture and health research,” on June 13–14.

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Film Festival Supports Municipal Efforts to Raise Awareness

The municipality of Herat, Afghanistan, hosted its second annual film festival at the end of May. Assisted by the DAI-led Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations, Regional Command West (RAMP UP West) project, the festival was attended by representatives of the Mayor’s Office, the Economic Directorate, the Provincial Development Council, as well as members of the Herat Journalism Faculty, filmmakers, project representatives, and citizens.

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Liberian Business Owners Participate in First Trade Fair

The DAI-led Food and Enterprise Development (FED) project in Liberia earlier this month facilitated a trade fair and conference focusing on the private sector—the first time a conference of its kind has ever been held in the country.

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Gross Family and DAI Settle Case Relating to Cuba Imprisonment

Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) and Judy Gross today announced the settlement of the lawsuit brought by Judy and Alan Gross against DAI in the wake of Alan Gross’s imprisonment by Cuban authorities in December 2009 for his work for DAI to implement the U.S. Government’s Cuba Program.

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DAI to Host London Workshop: “From Critique to Construction: Next Steps in Making Participation Work for Development”

DAI, in association with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is hosting a workshop convening policymakers, practitioners, and academics to explore the topic, “From Critique to Construction: Next Steps in Making Participation Work for Development,” in London on May 30 at Central Westminster Hall.

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DAI Welcomes New Board Members, Bids Farewell to Longtime Directors

DAI is delighted to welcome its two newest members of the Board of Directors: Maria Otero and Gail Steinel.

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Youthful Nepal Team Stars in NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

In sheer numbers, the second NASA International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21 made a big splash. More than 9,000 people worldwide—four times as many as last year—dove into the 48-hour hackathon to confront questions of space exploration and social need, churning out some 600 potential solutions.

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DAI’s Flouran Wali Recognized for Gender Work in Afghanistan

Flouran Wali, DAI’s business and gender advisor for the DAI-led and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Agricultural Credit Enhancement (ACE) program, was recognized by the Government of Afghanistan for her more than 10 years of work supporting the advancement of women in Afghanistan.

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Nepal Tech Startup Poised for NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

Space enthusiasts, tech wizards, and citizen scientists the world over are prepping for the second International Space Apps Challenge, a 48-hour hackathon led by NASA April 20-21. Their mission: use images from space, open-source data, and earthly know-how to make apps that address climate change and improve life on earth—and beyond.

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Q&A with DAI’s Brigit Helms on Benefits of Bringing Mobile Banking to the Unbanked

There is no doubting the growth in popularity of mobile banking. According to Juniper Research, the market for mobile payments is expected to reach more than $600 billion (£393bn) globally this year—double the figure of February 2011.

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Enabling Communities to Score Their Own Institutions Will Boost Accountability

When the United Kingdom took over the presidency of the G8, it announced it would focus on open economies, open governments, and open societies. It is leading by example with its efforts to make its own aid flows traceable from source to destination.

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Spring 2013 Developments is Available

The Spring 2013 issue of Developments is now available.

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USAID Launches First Tax Awareness Program for Youth in El Salvador

Teaching teens to embrace taxes is a daunting task, but a DAI-led project in El Salvador is supporting the government to make tax compliance a little more palatable through a new strategy called Expresate.

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DAI’s Jim Winkler Elected to American University of Mongolia Board of Directors

DAI’s Vice President of Solutions Jim Winkler on March 14 was elected to the Board of Directors of the newly established American University of Mongolia (AUM).

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Education Innovation Alliance Seeks Out New Solutions to Pakistan’s Education Emergency

With millions of children out of school and those in school failing to read and write at grade level, Pakistan will not only fall short of its Millennium Development Goals—it is gripped by an education emergency that will cripple the country’s economy, stymie its growth, and threaten its stability.

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Eighth Provincial Competitiveness Index Gains Wide Support in Vietnam

More than 500 business and government leaders from Vietnam’s 63 cities and provinces gathered March 14 in Hanoi for the launch of the 2012 Provincial Competiveness Index (PCI).

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DAI CEO Hosts Prime Minister of Libya for Business Luncheon

DAI CEO Jim Boomgard hosted a business association luncheon March 12 honoring His Excellency Ali Zeidan, Prime Minister of Libya, who was in Washington, D.C., for his first official visit.

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DAI Experts Present at Savings Group Conference

Robert Salerno, DAI’s specialist in Health, Nutrition, and Livelihoods, and Daniel Lazier, Livelihoods Manager on the Economic Strengthening for Households Affected by AIDS (IMARISHA) Project in Tanzania, were featured speakers on a panel about savings groups with HIV-affected communities at the 2013 Savings Group Conference “Expanding Financial Inclusion and Development,” held March 4–5.

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Michael Jakobowski Joins DAI as CFO

DAI is delighted to announce that Michael Jakobowski has joined the firm as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

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Somalis Come Together to Build Community Projects

Communities that come together and work toward similar goals for the good of all is one way to deliver peace and stability in conflict-riddled areas.

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World Bank Publishes New Microfinance Handbook

The majority of the world’s poor have no access to formal financial services. They must rely on friends and family to help them in hard times, or the proverbial mattress to save for a rainy day or to ensure they have enough to pay school fees.

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FRAMEweb Turns 10

The DAI-led FRAMEweb online community celebrates its 10th year this month. FRAMEweb, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), connects natural resource management (NRM) practitioners and local champions, shares the latest tools and resources, and facilitates critical conversations relevant to NRM work. In its 10th year, collaboration around the community is steadily growing, with more than 2,750 members who live and work in 120 countries.

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Somaliland Poised to Pass First-Ever Energy Law in 2013

Somaliland has its first-ever draft of an electrical energy law, a major step toward increased legitimacy for the autonomous region of Somalia.

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DAI Becomes Corporate Founder of American University of Mongolia

DAI today announced that it has become a corporate founder of the American University of Mongolia (AUM), joining Newcom LLC, Rio Tinto PLC, and the General Electric Foundation in supporting the university’s development.

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DAI’s Marguerite Pappaioanou Leads One Health Discussion at Bangkok Conference

In recent years tens of thousands of people have died—including more than 18,000 in the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic—of disease born from the interaction of people, animals, and ecosystems.

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DAI Environmental Specialist Publishes Photo Book for Charity

While working as a regional advisor on a DAI project in Northern Haiti, Nick Hobgood spent much of his personal time scuba diving and taking photos of the marine species he saw along the coast. The photos he collected from 2007 to 2010 have been published in a coffee table book called “Haiti From Below.”

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Despite National Austerity, Serbian Emergency Management Earns Additional Funding

In a vote of confidence for the country’s Sector for Emergency Management, the Serbian government has moved to increase its roster of professional firefighters and rescue workers from 3,000 to 3,500.

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Helen Mealins Joins DAI’s London Team

DAI is delighted to announce the addition of Helen Mealins as Director, International, Bilateral Strategy and External Partnering.

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Burundian Coffee Joins Ranks of International Elite

Coffee from Burundi is now far more visible on world markets after an international competition was held in the country.

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Maria Otero Honored by the Society for International Development Washington Chapter

This week’s Gala Dinner for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Society for International Development (SID-Washington) honored Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State.

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ProParque Promotes Use of Renewable Energy Products in Honduras

The U.S. Agency for International Development-funded ProParque project has begun promoting alternative energy in Honduras by working with vocational education centers, entrepreneurs, and microenterprises all located near 10 of the country’s national parks.

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DAI’s Dan Rathbun Finds Inspiration in Vietnam’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

For nearly four years, DAI’s Dan Rathbun, a team leader in Vietnam, has donated his time and resources to local chapters of an international organization that promotes student entrepreneurship. This year, DAI is happy to contribute $5,000 to support his efforts.

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DAI Project in Poland Honors Small Firms for Energy-Efficiency Efforts

The Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF), implemented by DAI and funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), recently held its first awards ceremony to recognize Polish small and medium enterprises’ achievements in raising energy efficiency standards.

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DAI is Founding Sponsor of Guardian Global Development Professional Network

DAI is delighted to be a founding sponsor of a new professional network launched this week by The Guardian to complement its global development website.

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Business Clusters Creating Jobs in At-Risk Regions of Serbia

Serbian national television this month profiled a pair of business clusters launched in economically depressed regions of Serbia that are now thriving and creating hundreds of jobs.

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DAI’s Global Health Practitioners Recognize World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held every December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died. It was first was held in 1988.

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USAID Launches Program to Tap the Brainpower of University Students

The U.S. Agency for International Developing (USAID) is launching development labs at seven universities to harness their creative energy and generate ideas.

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DAI Pens Opinion Piece on Benefits of Employee Ownership

DAI’s Senior Vice President for Strategy and Marketing Jean Gilson wrote about employee ownership as a business model in the September 14­–20 edition of the Washington Business Journal.

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Liberian FED Project Engages Young People in Art Contest to Visualize Scenes of Healthy Food Production

In celebration of World Food Day, held every year on October 16, in commemoration of the founding of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945, the Food and Enterprise Development (FED) project is collaborating with ChildArt Liberia, a local nongovernmental organization, in a competition called “Agricultural Cooperatives—Key to Feeding the World.”

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DAI’s Luckshmi Sivalingam Named 2012’s Practitioner of the Year by SEEP Network

Luckshmi Sivalingam—a development practitioner with 10 years of professional experience in project design, development, and management in South and Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East—has been named Practitioner of the Year by the SEEP Network, a global membership network of more than 130 international organizations dedicated to alleviating poverty by promoting inclusive markets and financial systems.

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Philippine City Launches Mobile Payment Pilot

The U.S. Embassy and the city of Valenzuela, Philippines, have partnered to promote the use of mobile money for payment of government services.

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RISEN Project Engages Sri Lankan Youth in Ancient Festival

To commemorate the Tamil holiday of Thai Pongal and celebrate diversity within a country too often divided along ethnic and religious lines, the [Reintegration and Stabilization in the East and North (RISEN)][1] project recently brought together youth from the north and south of Sri Lanka to promote reconciliation and advocate for the establishment of a youth network.

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ECIAfrica Now Doing Business as DAI

Johannesburg, South Africa—Effective November 14th, 2012, ECI_Africa_ Consulting (Pty) Ltd will do business under the name of its majority owner, DAI.

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Rwandan National Park Named Best Overseas and Best Global Project by British Travel Writers

The Nyungwe Nziza project in Rwanda has been named winner of the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers’ (BGTW) Best Overseas and Best Global Project Awards. At the recent annual awards dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London, Guild Chair Roger Bray said: “Nyungwe Nziza is a model tourism project for developing countries.”

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Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park Nominated for Travel Award

Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park has been nominated by the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) to receive an award for “Best Overseas Project/Attraction.”

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Second Round of Innovation, Research, and Advocacy Grants for Education in Pakistan Launches

The U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), also known as UKaid, has launched a second round of grants under the [Ilm Ideas Program][1].

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Ramallah Event Celebrates Contributions of DAI’s Said Abu Hijleh

Officials from ministries and business gathered October 16 in Ramallah to salute Said Abu Hijleh, the outgoing managing director of DAI Palestine whose work opened doors for development in the West Bank and Gaza, boosted businesses, and created jobs, among other accomplishments.

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New Issue of Developing Alternatives Tackles the Jobs Challenge

Job losses during the worldwide economic slump continue to bedevil policy makers everywhere. Dismal employment prospects, especially for young people, have exacerbated social conflicts. In emerging economies, the global crisis has further complicated the challenge of integrating the informal sector.

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New Issue of Developing Alternatives Explores the Power of Political Economy Analysis

Development practitioners ignore governance at their peril. This admonition is the main takeaway of the latest issue of DAI’s journal Developing Alternatives, which examines the theme of political economy analysis (PEA) and its application to development policy and practice.

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Honoring Linda Norgrove

DAI employee Linda Norgrove was kidnapped September 26, 2010, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, and died October 8 during a rescue attempt by U.S. forces. Norgrove was working on the [Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East, and West][1] Program.

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Nigerian Foundation Receives Award for Fostering Inclusive Economic Growth

The Foundation for Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) recently received a 2012 Delta Achievers’ Merit Award (NDAMA) for its work on partnerships that promote inclusive economic growth.

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DAI’s Dana Kenney Urges Standardized Green Building Certification at Asia-Pacific Event

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Francois Marchand Tapped to Lead Mexico City Office

DAI is delighted to announce that Francois Marchand has joined the global development firm to lead Latin America and Caribbean work, based out of our Mexico City office.

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DAI CEO James Boomgard Issues Statement on U.S. Consulate Attack in Libya

DAI President and CEO Dr. James Boomgard, currently in Libya, today issued the following statement from Tripoli:

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DAI Speaks On Supporting Young Entrepreneurs at Workforce Development Conference

Lara Goldmark, DAI’s Technical Area Manager for Private Sector Development, and Marwan Juma, a DAI Board Member and former chairman of the Young Arab Leaders Organization, are speaking on a panel about innovative funding mechanisms to support youth entrepreneurs on the opening day of the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, September 11-13, at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C.

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USAID Presents Awards for Innovations to Promote Literacy

Thirty-two groups representing 16 countries were nominated for innovation grants Sept. 7 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with the funds to be invested in programs that increase literacy.

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DAI’s Elizabeth Sullivan Named on Diplomatic Courier’s List of Top Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Elizabeth Sullivan, a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist on DAI’s Trans-Sahara Security Symposium (TSS) project, was named by the Diplomatic Courier magazine and the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) association as one of the top 99 leaders under the age of 33 working in international affairs.

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Secretary of State Clinton Lauds Malawi Dairy Milk Bulking Group

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week praised a community-managed dairy enterprise in Malawi that is helping small farmers to increase their incomes and communities to live more nutritiously.

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DAI Teams with USAID, NASA on Climate Change Project

DAI is delighted to announce that we are collaborating with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to use earth observations from space to help forecast and adapt to the effects of climate change.

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DAI CFO and Tech Team Featured in Oracle Magazine

DAI’s use of technology in global development field work—and in back-office functions—has been profiled in an in-depth article in Oracle’s quarterly publication.

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DAI Presents at 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.

DAI’s Health Sector helped lead discussions at this year’s International AIDS Conference, AIDS2012, in Washington, D.C. The weeklong event, July 22-27, attracted an estimated 25,000 people who are joined in the ongoing battle against AIDS.

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DAI Launches FED Project With Initiative to Triple Rice Production in Doumpa, Liberia

DAI has begun its first major initiative under the Food and Enterprise Development (FED) Program, part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Feed the Future Initiative.

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Summer 2012 Developments is Available

The Summer 2012 issue of Developments is now available.

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Bangladesh Right to Information Group Meets with U.S. and University Officials

Bangladesh’s Right to Information Law, enacted in 2009, is slowly taking root in outlying districts and benefiting residents, the country’s chief information commissioner said last week during a study tour in the Washington, D.C., area.

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DAI’s Shannon Sarbo Presents Poverty Assessment Tool Case Studies

DAI Development Specialist Shannon Sarbo recently presented on poverty assessments at Abt Associates’ annual Chiefs of Party Conference. The conference brought together more than 170 long-term field staff from Abt’s global portfolio to share lessons learned on issues critical to the development community, including effective change management, high-impact presentations, and improving consulting skills for better outcomes.

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DASKARA Olive Oil Brand Unveiled at Major Food Tradeshow in D.C.

The unprecedented public-private partnership between the International Finance Corporation (IFC), DAI, and Palestinian olive oil producers culminated in the successful launch June 17 of a high-end flavorful olive oil called DASKARA, on the sidelines of the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.

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DAI Tapped to Present Approaches to Capacity Building at USAID’s LCD Summit

Two DAI projects will be highlighted at the U.S. Agency for International Develoment (USAID)’s Local Capacity Development Summit, June 18-19.

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USAID Project Launches Newest Grand Challenge: Powering Agriculture

Today 1.4 billion people lack access to clean energy. The impact of this limited energy access is particularly pronounced in the agricultural sectors of developing countries, which often have extremely low rural electrification rates. The lack of modern energy services affects every aspect of the agricultural value chain, from irrigation and harvesting to processing and storage.

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DAI’s Kregg Halstead Describes for University Audience the Growth of Parliament in Embattled Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s Lake Issyk Kul is a natural wonder: one of the largest and deepest lakes in the world, fed by natural mineral springs and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, it could be a premium destination for the world’s tourists.

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DAI Co-hosts Webinar on Mobile Technologies for Development

In partnership with the Bretton Woods Committee, DAI co-hosted a webinar yesterday on the use of mobile technologies in development, specifically within the World Bank’s work.

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DAI’s Chuck Chopak Elected President of AIARD

Dr. Chuck Chopak, DAI’s Technical Area Manager for Agriculture and Food Security, this week was elected president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD). For more than 30 years, Chopak has managed, planned, and implemented agriculture, rural development, and food security activities throughout the world, including in Central America, Haiti, Afghanistan, and many African countries.

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DAI’s Claudia Manning Urges Supplier Development in Business Day

DAI’s Claudia Manning has written a column on effective business supplier development for South Africa’s Business Day, a leading national newspaper.

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Serbian President, U.S. Ambassador Hail Launch of Biogas Plant

As the operator of one of the larger dairy farms in Serbia, Lazar Dairy has had a significant problem dealing with the manure produced by the cows on the farm. Previously, Lazar pumped the manure into a large lagoon, where the solid materials settled and the remaining liquid was used to fertilize crops.

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DAI’s Heredia-Ortiz, Coauthors Honored for Paper on Political Economy of Decentralization

DAI’s Eunice Heredia-Ortiz and three coauthors were recently honored for their paper, “Rethinking the Political Economy of Decentralization: How Democracy and Political Parties Shape the Provision of Local Public Goods.”

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DFID Economic Growth Project in Palestine Assists 600 firms, Creates 3,400 Jobs

The DAI-led Facility for New Market Development project (FNMD) in Palestine came to a close this week with numerous successes to its credit. Since 2008, the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID)-funded program has assisted 600 Palestinian companies in a wide range of sectors, generating more than $100 million in attributable sales and exports, and providing 3,400 new permanent jobs to unemployed Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

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Students from Indonesia’s Finance Ministry Visit DAI

DAI, which has worked in Indonesia for more than 30 years, hosted 15 junior members of that country’s Ministry of Finance this week for a discussion at DAI headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Maryland Firms Lead Efforts to Develop Global Economy, DAI’s Tim Beans Tells Governor’s International Council

Maryland firms manage approximately $2.3 billion, or 10.4 percent, of the foreign assistance budget of the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—with DAI serving as the state’s leading development firm operating in 60 countries.

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DAI Tapped to Help Evaluate Walmart Women’s Initiative

DAI is delighted to announce it has joined an alliance working with Walmart to evaluate the retailer’s initiative to empower women working in its factories in developing countries.

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Water Demand Management Project Changed Jordanians’ Approach to Water

DAI celebrated the successes of its five-year water conservation program, which ended last week in Jordan, with a ceremony attended by nearly 200 people.

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Former Finance Vice Minister Eduardo Fernandez Joins DAI

Dr. Eduardo Fernandez, Colombia’s former vice minister of finance and national budget director, recently joined DAI as managing director for governance in the Mexico office.

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Telecom Champion, Former Minister Marwan Juma of Jordan Named to DAI Board

DAI is delighted to announce that technology executive and champion Marwan Juma of Jordan has accepted an invitation to join DAI’s Board of Directors.

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Partnership with Somaliland’s Private Sector Aims to Lay Foundation for Growth, Stability

For more than 20 years, efforts to end civil conflict and lawlessness in southern and central Somalia have been unsuccessful—yet the northern autonomous region of Somaliland enjoys relative peace and stability.

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Hospital Turned Over to Local Control in Conflict-Plagued Eastern Sri Lanka

A milestone was achieved November 22 in conflict-plagued eastern Sri Lanka when a recently built, three-ward medical complex was handed over to local district authorities.

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DAI Supports Honduran Youth Empowerment Group with Donation

DAI caps off its 2011 Community Engagement Program with a $10,000 grant to OYE Honduras, a community-based, youth-led organization that develops the leadership and capacity of at-risk Honduran youth.

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Arrest Underscores DAI’s Support of USAID, Afghan Authorities in Fighting Corruption

On December 20 the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kabul, Afghanistan, announced the arrest of Din Mohammad Ramin on a charge of bribery. An Afghan citizen, Ramin, 26, allegedly solicited and received a one-time payment of $3,000 and promise of an additional $1,500 in exchange for directing a grant to a project beneficiary in Laghman Province.

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Alex Trebek, VIPs Urge Innovators to Compete for Funding to Improve Global Literacy

Global donors urged innovators worldwide last week to compete for $7.5 million in newly available funding by submitting ideas to increase literacy among the world’s neediest children. Funding applications are due January 31.

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Afghanistan Agriculture Ministry Launches Knowledge Management Facility

The Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock this week launched a dynamic database that will inform farmers and businesses of the latest prices, news, and trends in Afghan agriculture.

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DAI Tapped for Excellence in Evaluation Award from USAID

DAI was one of five winners of an Excellence in Evaluation award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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DAI Named Finalist in the 2012 Helios HR Apollo Awards

DAI has been named a finalist in the 2012 Helios HR Apollo Awards, in the largest company category alongside Booz Allen Hamilton, Deltek, Ogilvy Washington, SRA International, Inc., and Washington Gas.

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DAI Staff Host NDU Classes on Asia, Economic Growth

DAI staff made presentations last week to military and civilian members of the Agribusiness Industry Study Group from the National Defense University. The group visited DAI headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, on February 29 to receive training in food security and competitiveness, from bioterrorism and economic development perspectives, targeting Asia and the Pacific.

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DAI’s Anne Simmons-Benton to Speak on Female Empowerment on International Women’s Day Event at USAID

Anne Simmons-Benton, who heads up DAI’s Gender Working Group, will speak Thursday to approximately 150 attendees about techniques to economically empower the women of Afghanistan.

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DAI’s Ragan Urges NYU Conferees to Step Up Source Technology to Find Solutions

Technology and innovation ought to shape the work being done in developing countries but are not being sourced or scaled in ways that meet key development challenges, according to DAI’s Kristi Ragan, Chief of Party for USAID’s Grand Challenges for Development.

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Winter Issue of Developments Now Available

The fall/winter issue of Developments is now available.

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DAI Wins International Business Leadership Award from World Trade Center Institute

DAI has been named a winner in the World Trade Center Institute’s 16th Annual Maryland International Business Leadership Award program. Represented by CEO Jim Boomgard, DAI was one of seven winners chosen from a pool of 80 independently nominated companies from the state. Winning companies were selected based on their success in international business, growth in revenue and employment, and community involvement.

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Documentary Describes How Project Delivers Clean Water for 1.8 Million Filipinos

A recently released 15-minute documentary describes how a DAI-led project in the Philippines made it possible for water providers to expand and upgrade their systems, and deliver water services to another 1.8 million people.

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Hundreds of Women and Children in Afghanistan Assisted by Linda Norgrove Foundation

The Linda Norgrove Foundation marked its first year by releasing a list of its accomplishments in Afghanistan.

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DAI Europe has a New Address

DAI Europe has a new address. Due to growth in DAI’s international business, DAI Europe has moved to new office space in London.

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Grand Challenge to Boost Literacy Kicks Off with Star-Packed Event

On November 18, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the nonprofit organization World Vision will launch All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, with support from the DAI-implemented Grand Challenges for Development project.

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USAID’s Rajiv Shah Reviews iCow Mobile Application Helping Kenyan Farmers

Kenyan farmers who own just a few cows need to get the most from these precious assets. More than 1,300 farmers throughout Kenya are now receiving text messages each week with guidance to help them breed, feed, and care for their cows and maximize their health and value.

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DAI Staff Run to Raise Funds for Norgrove Foundation and Benefit Afghan Women

DAI is following the lead of the Linda Norgrove Foundation by organizing events to mark the first anniversary of our late colleague’s death and raise money for the foundation.

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DAI Jordan Receives Award for Supporting Green Entrepreneurship

DAI Jordan was presented with a plaque September 18 by Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya in recognition of DAI’s support of the 4th Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition.

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DAI’s Lara Goldmark Describes Steps Needed for Sustainable Youth Employment

Large numbers of unemployed young people can lead to blight, social unrest, or worse—sometimes much worse. Donors and others hoping to help put young men and women to work in developing nations need to consider wide-ranging steps for job growth to take root, according to Lara Goldmark, DAI’s Technical Area Manager for Private Sector Development.

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DAI Statement in Response to Ruling in Alan Gross Appeal

In response to the news that Cuba’s Supreme Court has upheld a 15-year prison sentence imposed on DAI subcontractor Alan Gross for committing “acts against the integrity and independence of the state,” DAI President and Chief Executive Officer James Boomgard issued the following statement.

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White Paper Released on Project that Connected 67,000 Rural Cambodians to Clean Water

A recent story in the Developments newsletter struck a chord throughout DAI and beyond.

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DAI Selected as Top Innovator in Global Poll

Bethesda, Maryland—DAI has been named a Devex Top 40 Development Innovator, one of only 10 consulting firms so honored globally. The award was based on a poll of 100,000 Devex members, who comprise the world’s largest network of aid and international development professionals.

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