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. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, 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


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

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An innovation and investment specialist, Nora Brown is an expert in designing and managing development innovation and private capital mobilization projects for a variety of clients, notably the U.S. Agency for International Development and the International Finance Corporation.

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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 most recently served as Chief of Party for the United for Justice project in Honduras, a position to which she brought over 30 years of international development experience.

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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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For more than 25 years, Chrys Miliaras has helped build sound and inclusive financial systems in more than 20 countries that promote economic growth and reduce poverty.

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Bhairav Raja is a Client Lead in 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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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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Mark Walter is an international development lawyer specializing in the business-enabling environment, commercial dispute resolution, trade policy reform and assessment, and drafting and implementation of commercial law.

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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


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

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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Ukraine—Financial Sector Transformation (FST)

The Financial Sector Transformation Activity supports efforts to reform Ukraine’s nonbank financial institutions.

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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—Financial Sector Deepening (FSDMoç)

Financial Sector Deepening Mozambique (FSDMoç) is a financial inclusion facilitation unit. 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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