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. After a brief stint teaching at Yale University, he joined a public policy consulting firm.

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Arsalan Faheem works with our London-based Private Sector Development practice, where he is responsible for advising DAI’s portfolio of economic development programmes, as well as growing the practice through client development.

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Marika Kanatova is the director responsible for bids for the European Commission (EC), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly AusAID), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly NZ Aid), and other donors.

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Matthew Roberts is Monitoring and Evaluation Manager on DAI’s Land Investment for Transformation programme (LIFT), a six-year project to improve the incomes of the rural poor in Ethiopia.

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Kongkona Sarma is an experienced economic development specialist who started her career in the capital markets, gaining skills in financial valuation, corporate restructuring, and quantitative research.

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Our Projects


East Africa—Trade and Investment Hub

The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub is the U.S. Government’s flagship project under the presidential Trade Africa initiative, which works to increase U.S.-Africa trade and investment, regional integration, and competitiveness.

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Jordan—Competitiveness Program (JCP)

JCP activities align with the goals and opportunities of the Jordan Compact, which coordinates donor responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. The program’s three complementary work streams focus on investment, exports, and business enabling environment.

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Lebanon—Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD)

The Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project is a five-year program aimed at improving Lebanon’s economic stability and providing income-generating opportunities for small business while creating jobs for the rural population, in particular women and youth.

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

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

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Myanmar—DaNa Facility

The DaNa Facility seeks to reduce poverty and increase incomes by fostering a strong business environment conducive to the creation of jobs and economic opportunities for SMEs and poor people.

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Somalia—Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia (PIMS)

The Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia (PIMS) programme addresses critical market constraints in Somalia largely through co-investment with Somali firms, to stimulate the creation of long-term jobs, increase smallholder incomes, and leverage private sector investment.

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Worldwide—Business Environment Reform Facility (BERF)

The U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) leads a growing number of business environment reform programmes around the world to help small firms start, grow, and create jobs in their communities.

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Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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 to global markets.

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Worldwide—Trade, Private Sector Development and Engagement, and Regional Integration (TPSD/E) Facility

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

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