Economic Growth

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

Finance and Investment

Since 1985, DAI has been a leader in expanding financial inclusion, medium, small, and microenterprise finance, and mobilizing capital for development priorities around the world. Our proven track record extends across several clients—including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Financial Corporation, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, World Bank, European Investment Bank, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the U.S. Agency for International Development—for whom we have led some of the most innovative financial services, finance, and investment programs.

DAI has supported the transformation and privatization of two major banks; built the capacity of and designed tools and systems for financial institutions; partnered with mobile network operators and fintechs to expand digital finance; promoted the expansion of savings groups to marginalized populations; facilitated investment for growing businesses; worked with central banks, capital markets and insurance authorities for improved financial sector and markets policy, regulation and supervision; help design and build financial market infrastructure for payments and securities issuance and trading; and championed initiatives in knowledge management and advocacy.

Our financial services work typically complements DAI’s capacity in trade, competitiveness, livelihoods, and value chain development in sectors with potential for enhanced sales, job generation, and engagement of small producers and enterprises. Our work enables micro and small enterprises to address managerial, planning, marketing, and other limitations that constrain their ability to raise and absorb capital.

Our Experts


Robert Bond was most recently Chief of Party for the Ukraine Financial Sector Transformation (FST) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Nora Brown is an international development professional with 19 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing innovation projects for a variety of clients including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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Till Bruett has more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector including commercial banking, microfinance, and digital finance.

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Noemi Danao-Schroeder first worked internationally as a summer volunteer for a rural vaccination campaign in Paraguay. That experience kickstarted 25 years of international development work.

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Alberto Didoni has more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector including commercial banking, microfinance, and finance for small firms. He joined DAI in 2022 as a Senior Global Practice Specialist for Finance and Investment.

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Eldana Djumalieva is an economist with 26 years of experience in the delivery of programs for multilateral aid agencies and development finance institutions and has a particular focus on climate finance.

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Since joining DAI in 2000, Colleen Green has served as a microfinance specialist providing short-term support to bank downscaling and other programs to benefit micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.

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Joshua Kirton joined DAI in 2022 as a Senior Global Practice Specialist in the Finance, Investment, and Trade Practice. Earlier in his career, Josh worked in development finance and on data and analytics projects in humanitarian response settings in the Middle East and North Africa.

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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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Bhairav Raja is the Director for Responsible Business at DAI’s Sustainable Business Group, based in London.

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Mark Rostal is an expert in designing financial services and products for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries, offering directly applicable technical expertise and senior management experience.

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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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Katja Silva-Leander is a Director at DAI, specializing in development finance and investment, with 20 years of experience working in the financial services and international development fields.

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Robin Young is Principal Global Practice Specialist for DAI with 25 years of experience as technical advisor and team leader on investment and financial services projects and engagements in developing and frontier markets.

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Our Projects


Ukraine—Financial Sector Reform (FSR) Activity

The Financial Sector Reform Activity supports Ukraine’s economic development and growth. FSR will build the capacity of financial sector regulators and the many actors that make up Ukraine’s nascent financial ecosystem—including the private sector and civil society—to develop new financial architecture and instruments that support Ukrainian businesses and consumers.

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Africa—Prosper Africa Trade and Investment (ATI)

The Africa Trade and Investment (ATI) Activity is a whole-of-government platform to help African and U.S. businesses double two-way trade and investment, thereby solidifying Africa’s place as a significant trading partner of the United States.

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Regional—Financial Services Group (FSG Plus)

FSG Plus supports BII in addressing two pressing priorities—i) inclusion and ii) climate change and environmental sustainability—by catalyzing sustainable practice change in financial institutions.

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Morocco—Green Economy Financing Facility II (GEFF Morocco II)

The Green Economy Financing Facility Morocco II provides financing in the form of senior unsecured loans to participating financial institutions, including banks, microfinance, and leasing companies.

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Belize—IDB EcoMicro Project

Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, DAI’s Sustainable Business Group is working with the Belize Credit Union League to help Belizean small and medium enterprises grow through innovative green finance products.

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Burma—Responsible Investment and Trade Activity (RITA)

The Burma Responsible Investment and Trade Activity increases responsible trade and private sector investment by improving corporate governance, business transparency, and competitiveness in Myanmar.

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Lebanon—Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) Activity

The Trade and Investment Facilitation Activity works to boost the exports of Lebanese goods and services, facilitate investment in Lebanese enterprises, and improve the business and investment enabling environment in Lebanon.

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Worldwide—Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP)

The Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships activity (MSP) helps the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) advance learning and good practice in integrating private sector engagement across all activities, while at the same time deepening market systems development across the Feed the Future program cycle.

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Tunisia—Green Economy Financing Facility (Tunisia GEFF)

The Tunisia Green Economy Financing Facility (Tunisia GEFF) is a €130 million credit facility channeled through Tunisian banks and leasing companies to private sector sub-borrowers for investment in technologies and services that support the transition to a green economy.

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Mexico—Financial Services Programme

This programme aims to create a more inclusive and competitive financial services sector accessible to all segments of Mexican society and new market entrants.

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Ukraine—Strengthening the Regulation and Supervision of the Nonbank Financial Market (EU-FINREG)

Through EU-FINREG, DAI is assisting the Ukrainian authorities in strengthening the regulatory framework and supervision practices for securities and investment business, insurance, pensions, nonbank credit institutions, nonbank payment institutions, and other nonbank financial services.

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Worldwide—Digital Frontiers

Digital Frontiers supports the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for Digital Development in identifying the most successful digital solutions and scaling their impact globally.

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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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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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