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, enterprise 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. Department for International Development, World Bank, European Investment Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development—for whom we have led some of the most innovative financial services 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 to expand digital financial services; promoted the expansion of savings groups to marginalized populations; facilitated investment for growing businesses; worked with central banks for improved financial sector policy, regulation and supervision; and championed initiatives in knowledge management and advocacy.

Our financial services work typically complements DAI’s capacity in trade, competitiveness, 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


Clean energy specialist Gwen Andersen works to increase the speed with which developing countries adopt renewable energy by working on finance.

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Robert Bond is Chief of Party for the Ukraine Financial Sector Transformation (FST) project.

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Nate Bourns began learning the value of language as a 12-year-old while on a trip to Mexico with his Spanish class—and the lesson stuck.

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Rob Dressen is a banker with 25 years of experience in microfinance, commercial banking, and financial advisory services. He worked for Meridien BIAO S.A. for three years and Chase Manhattan Bank for 15 years, where he specialized in trade finance, branch operations, and credit and risk management.

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Greta Greathouse has more than 35 years of experience innovating emerging markets and coupling the private and public sector for technology development.

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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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Brigit Helms has more than 25 years of experience pioneering innovative approaches to financial inclusion and seeking enterprise and market-based solutions to poverty.

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Bhairav Raja serves clients in our Sustainable Business Group’s corporate social investment portfolio, including multinational corporations in retail and oil and gas.

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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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Katja Silva-Leander is a Director at DAI, specialized in inclusive economic growth, with 17 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


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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Morocco—Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (MorSEFF)

Like with its successful PolSEFF and WebSEFF projects in Poland and the Western Balkans, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in cooperation with in cooperation with the French Agency for Development, European Investment Bank, and KfW Development Bank, has extended credit lines to local partner financial institutions in Morocco that then on-lend to their clients.

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Mozambique—Financial Sector Deepening (FSDMoç)

Financial Sector Deepening Mozambique (FSDMoç) is a financial inclusion facilitation unit. It is seeking financial inclusion for households and businesses through a series of public and private sector partnerships. FSDMoç is targeting increased access and improved quality of financial services for 2 million individuals and 650 businesses in Mozambique by 2019.

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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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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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Ukraine—Financial Sector Transformation (FST)

The Financial Sector Transformation (FST) Activity supports efforts to reform Ukraine’s non-bank financial institutions.

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Haiti—Finance Inclusive (FinInc)

The Haiti Finance Inclusive (FinInc) project supports the development of the enabling environment to increase the usage of basic financial services by undeserved and unserved households and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in rural and agricultural areas in Haiti.

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