Sustainable Business

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) supports private companies to be smarter corporate citizens in their local business operations and assists public authorities to develop policy, regulation, and incentives that grow sustainable industries.

Local Content and Supply Chain Management

The Sustainable Business Group builds in-house programs or develops multistakeholder, industry-wide solutions that will create a sustainable industrial base without losing sight of immediate business needs. Our approach begins with a discussion of business objectives, procurement needs, and community expectations, and includes target-setting, stakeholder engagement, measurement and evaluation, and communications. We help clients determine if and how to engage other operators, contractors, governments, and communities in the program. We can focus our services to meet particular needs or build directories that broaden suppliers’ markets, thereby improving their abilities to thrive and to support procurement needs.

  • We work closely with clients to deploy our Local Content Optimization Model (LCOM), which forecasts local content capacity based on detailed analysis of the demand side of investments and the supply-side capabilities of the local supplier and labor markets.
  • We offer a Supplier Registration and Pre-Qualification portal (SRPQ) that matches local suppliers with buyers (operators and primary contractors) and helps foreign suppliers form alliances with local vendors to access protected local markets.
  • We provide regulators and companies with our Local Content Plan and Reporting platform (LCPR), which is configured to domestic regulations and assures companies meet their obligations to comply with local content, contract tendering, and reporting requirements.
  • We deliver the established LCS Local Content Master Class in Africa, Middle East, Americas, and Asia. We also provide confidential advisory services to governments and companies on local content regulation, the development of local content plans, and the drafting and execution of contract documents to leverage local content within major contract tenders. Read the brochure.

Our Experts

Christina Aguila provides program design services, technical analysis and implementation, and project management for multinational energy companies, trade associations, and government clients engaged in corporate social responsibility and local content strategies.

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Neil Browning leads quantitative and qualitative economic studies in emerging and frontier markets, and specializes in data collection and econometric analysis in challenging environments; and the development of business plans, policies and national strategies to maximize economic growth.

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Chris MacDonald is a supply chain management and procurement and contracting professional with 36 years of experience working for Shell International. He advises private-sector clients on local content development strategies for DAI’s Sustainable Business Group.

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Alyssa Menz is a Lead Analyst in DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) specializing in sustainable development, entrepreneurship and innovation, local content, and global supply chain development.

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Amanda Ryan specializes in local content for the mining and oil and gas industries and supports data and policy analysis, project management, and business development for DAI’s Sustainable Business Group.

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Our Projects

Ghana—Western Region Coastal Foundation (WRCF)

The Western Region Coastal Foundation promotes inclusive economic growth for communities affected by Ghana’s burgeoning oil and gas industry by helping to build up local supply chains, in addition to providing a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for government agencies, oil companies, and coastal communities to better share challenges and solutions.

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Ghana—Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC)

DAI helped Kosmos Energy to design, launch, and implement the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) program as part of the oil and gas company’s corporate social investment strategy in Ghana.

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Guinea—Assessing Sector Capacity for Foreign Direct Investment Linkages

Using DAI’s Local Content Optimization Model, the SBG team assessed 10 commercial sectors in Guinea, including construction services, equipment manufacturing, logistics, machine maintenance and repair, and food catering.

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Sierra Leone—Local Content Training

For nearly two years, the Sustainable Business Group’s Local Content Plan and Reporting online platform has been in operation in Sierra Leone. 

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Tanzania—Local Content Benchmarking Study and Exchanges

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) was contracted by the Oil and Gas Association of Tanzania (OGAT) to complete a Local Content Benchmarking Study and subsequent Local Content Advisory.

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Kenya—Local Content Exchanges

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group was contracted by the World Bank to develop, plan, and deliver The Kenya Local Content Exchanges project, an initiative of the Petroleum Business Opportunities project.

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Regional—Local Content Country Case Studies

The Sustainable Business Group (SBG) conducted a Local Content Regime Analysis (LCRA) in seven countries and provided a comparative analysis of the impacts of local content regimes.

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Trinidad and Tobago—Local Content Study

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) was contracted by the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago to conduct a quantitative study to measure the value addition of the country’s energy sector beyond tax revenues and royalties paid to the government.

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Mauritania—Local Content Study

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) worked with a multinational mining company to assess the company’s Local Business Integration (LBI) program and conducted a gap analysis to inform recommendations for optimizing supplier development.

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Mexico—Local Content Study

Mexican Association of Hydrocarbon Organizations commissioned the DAI Sustainable Business Group to conduct a multiphase study consisting of policy analysis and benchmarking, national content methodology simplification, and supply-demand gap analysis.

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DAI History: 40 Years of Excellence

DAI was founded in 1970 by three graduates of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government intent on providing a more dynamic and effective brand of development assistance. See how DAI is turning this American success story, into a global one.

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