Financial Services

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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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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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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John Jepsen has expertise in applying market systems approaches and making markets work for the poor (M4P) strategies to economic growth programming, as well as specializations in various financial inclusion and capital mobilization topics.

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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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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 brings together two decades of experience in micro and small enterprise finance with value chain and enterprise development to design and implement innovative and effect private sector approaches to address development challenges.

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Our Projects


Afghanistan—Agricultural Credit Enhancement Program I & II (ACE)

For more than 25 years, Afghan farmers did not have access to agricultural credit, seriously constraining the growth of farming. DAI managed a $100 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) grant to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to provide credit to farmers, who repay their loans after their harvests.

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Bangladesh—Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Program

Funded under the Feed the Future initiative, this project works to improve food security by strengthening agricultural value chains.

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Burma—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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East Africa—Trade and Investment Hub

Growth in the five East African Community Partner States—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda—has been robust but uneven, with millions of people left behind in poverty. Women, youth, smallholder farmers, and the poor are not fully represented in policy making or implementation nor integrated into the wider economic community.

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Jordan—Competitiveness Program (JCP)

The Jordan Competitiveness Program (JCP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), assists Jordanian private and public sector leaders to achieve competitiveness and job creation goals, equitably and sustainably.

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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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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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Southern Africa—Trade and Investment Hub (SATIH)

When the U.S. Congress and the White House celebrated the reauthorization of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) it reconfirmed the United States’ commitment to helping Africa become the world’s next major economic success story. Despite major gains in trade and market expansion, countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) still face significant obstacles to sustained economic growth.

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Worldwide—Trade, Private Sector Development and Engagement, and Regional Integration (TSPD) 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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