Financial Services

By tailoring financial products and services to the needs of the low-income market segment, small and medium-sized enterprises, and high-priority sectors such as agriculture, our financial services specialists develop innovative, technology-driven solutions that accelerate enterprise and industry expansion.

We also structure international funds that address broader development challenges with longer-term financing requirements such as water resources management, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and utility upgrading. And, we excel at turning around loss-making state-owned banks by expanding services, attracting customers, and vastly increasing profitability and market share.

See the impact savings groups can have on the lives of various populations, particularly rural households, women, or other disadvantaged groups.

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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Anne-Marie Chidzero has more than 20 years of experience in private sector development, specifically in the financial sector, microfinance, and small and medium enterprise development throughout Africa.

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Donal Cotter has more than more than 23 years of experience in the fields of finance and economic growth, including 15 years of experience in international development. He has held management roles on five major donor-funded economic growth initiatives in transitioning economies.

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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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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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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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Eleven years ago, John left his job at Rolling Stone Magazine in New York City to start as an associate with DAI’s Finance, Banking, and Enterprise group. Little did he know his new job would turn into a lifestyle.

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Bhairav Raja is a multilingual consultant with experience in financial sector development and inclusive finance in Africa and Latin America, employing market systems approaches.

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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 began to focus her career on micro and small enterprise finance after learning in an undergraduate development economics course more than 20 years ago how this emerging field ‘just worked. … It was so practical and brought macroeconomics and global politics down to a concrete and effective level.’

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Our Projects


Liberia—Revenue Generation for Governance and Growth (RG3)

Enhancing the government of Liberia’s ability to collect taxes from its citizens, known as domestic revenue mobilization (DRM), is a critical part of helping the country meet the long-term development goals laid out in its ambitious Agenda for Transformation.

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Mozambique—Access to Finance Programme (MAFiP)

The Mozambique Access to Finance Programme (MAFiP) facilitates financial inclusion for all through a range of quality financial services to more than 2 million poor Mozambicans and 650 businesses, particularly in rural areas.

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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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Nigeria—Market Development Programme (MADE)

This 4½-year design and implement project in the Niger Delta is applying a market development approach (M4P) to improve market access, increase economic activity, and raise the incomes of 150,000 poor people, half of whom will be women.

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Philippines—Facilitating Public Investment (FPI)

With reform-minded leadership and the commitment of the United States and Philippine governments to transformational change—embodied in their joint Partnership for Growth—the Philippines has a rare opportunity to address some critical fiscal issues.

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Zambia—Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ)

Utilizing the making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach, FSDZ works to affect systemic change and facilitate linkages and coordination among consumers, financial service providers, government, and other key market actors in Zambia.

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Kosovo—Transparent, Effective and Accountable Municipalities (TEAM)

Kosovo is a poor country where cities need to make the most of their funding. The TEAM project will help these cities improve accountability and optimize their expenditures transparently and for the public good.

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Ukraine—Transforming Financial Sector (FST)

After years of oligarchic control, the closing of more than 70 banks, and a threefold currency devaluation, the Ukrainian financial sector remains fragile and in need of a massive overhaul. On the commercial side, these pressures have curtailed the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by making financing less accessible and driving prohibitively high interest rates. Meanwhile, consumers have lost both money and trust in the banking system after the 2009 financial crisis, opting out of using banks altogether and converting their salaries directly to cash on payday. Continued strains such as these have brought the country’s financial sector dangerously close to the point of collapse.

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