Economic Growth

Driving trade, technology, agriculture, business, and financial services to create jobs, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.

Business Environment Reform

We have deep experience in reforming business environments to improve competitiveness of companies, industries, and countries in domestic and global markets.

Using top-down and bottom-up approaches, we lower transaction costs, simplify regulations, and develop necessary laws and regulations to reduce informality, increase employment and investment, and access markets. We work with governments to strengthen their ability to develop and implement laws and regulations that support competitiveness, and streamline regulations already on the books. In the private sector, we support firms and other industry stakeholders to be effective partners in promoting systemic change.

Our Experts


Edwin Berk has made a career of building the businesses of professional services companies where public and private sectors intersect.

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Arsalan Ali Faheem is Director of Strategy and Business Development with DAI’s corporate office in Pakistan, where he leads corporate strategy, client engagement, and new business development.

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Mark McCord has more than 36 years of experience in competitiveness, economic growth, and organizational development, including 21 years as a Chief of Party or Project Director for donor-led programs.

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With more than 20 years of international management experience, Robin Padberg has a blend of private sector and development expertise.

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Matthew Roberts leads the U.K. office’s Programme Resources team, which oversees the systems, processes, and resources that DAI uses to efficiently deliver its portfolio of U.K. Government-funded projects.

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Kongkona Sarma is an economist with 20 years of experience working primarily in areas of investment facilitation, business environment reform, and monitoring and evaluation.

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Our Projects


Egypt—Business Egypt

Business Egypt is building a robust ecosystem of market-led institutions—incubators, accelerators, business service providers, financial institutions, youth and women’s networks, business associations, public-private forums, one-stop shops—working in harmony to create long-term jobs and a more-resilient private sector.

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Ukraine—USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA)

The USAID Economic Resilience Activity works to strengthen the economy of eastern Ukraine in the response to recent regional instability.

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Worldwide—Trade, Private Sector Development, and Engagement (TPSD/E) Facility, I and II

The Trade, Private Sector Development, and Engagement Facility helps shape and implement new policies related to Aid for Trade and regional integration programmes.

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Southern Africa—Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub)

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub engages with partners across Southern Africa to deepen regional economic integration, promote two-way trade with the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and attract investment that drives commercial expansion within the region and globally.

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Central Asia—Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity (CTJ); Trade Central Asia (TCA)

DAI is working in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to improve regional trade—which will grow exports and employment.

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Mozambique—Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED, SPEED+, III)

The Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development+ program helped create a favorable business environment in Mozambique to attract investment and expand markets, contributing to inclusive economic growth and the conservation of natural resources.

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