DAI integrates gender programming across all our services: design, research, monitoring and evaluation, assessments, and implementation, as well as through our staffing of projects. We draw not only on tool kits, research, and theory—valuable as those things are—but on 40 years of field experience of what works, what does not, and why. Innovative where appropriate and results-driven in every case, our holistic approach founded on culturally sensitive techniques creates real change for women and men.

Our work in Afghanistan and Pakistan demonstrates what is achievable in even the most fragile and constrained environments, where inequality and physical violence against women inhibit equal opportunity for development. DAI’s results demonstrate that with the right tools and support, women triumph over the most extreme forms of discrimination to lead change in their societies that benefits all. DAI’s approach engages men and boys, recognizing the key role they play in addressing gender discrimination and advancing well-being.

Our in-house technical experts contributing to DAI’s gender-integrated approach include nutritionists, political scientists, lawyers, anthropologists, evaluation experts, and advisors in microfinance, private sector development, agriculture, environment, trade, health, livelihoods, ICT, and security sector and justice reform. DAI’s Gender Working Group brings together our latest thinking and develops crosscutting solutions integrating all these sectors.

Our Experts

Peter Dimitroff holds more than 20 years of international development and project management experience, primarily in the Middle East and Afghanistan and focusing on anti-corruption, budget transparency, legislative strengthening, and women’s empowerment.

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Sarah Maguire joined DAI’s London office as a Director of Technical Services, Governance, in March 2015. She has extensive experience in promoting human rights in fragile and conflict-affected countries, and at the policy level with donors, United Nations entities, and nongovernmental organizations.

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In the tragic wake of ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Balkans and Rwanda in the 1990s, Brenda Lee Pearson and a dozen colleagues launched the International Crisis Group (ICG) to better monitor the drivers of insecurity and conflict.

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Our Projects


Musharikat supports USAID Afghanistan’s investments in women’s rights groups and activists.

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Afghanistan—Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE)

The U.S Agency for International Development, in continuing its longstanding commitment to women in Afghanistan, has launched the Afghan Women’s Leadership in the Economy project.

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Ethiopia—Enterprise Partners/Private Enterprise Programme Ethiopia (PEPE)

This program is helping generate access to finance, good quality jobs, and increased incomes for Ethiopia’s poor. DAI works with consortium partners First Consult/Ethiopia, Itad/UK, Enclude/NL, and BCaD.

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Jordan, Egypt, and Palestine—Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund

Funded by the U.K. Department for International Development and the Islamic Development Bank and working in Jordan, Egypt, and Palestine, Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF) is the first project of its kind. AWEF will stimulate increased women’s economic empowerment and agency through a market systems approach. This partnership will address gaps in women’s economic empowerment in the region, which has one of the lowest rates of female labour force participation in the world.

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Jordan—Workforce Development (WFD) Project

In 2014, the Government of Jordan responded to the King’s call for a 10-year economic blueprint for meeting a set of challenging objectives. Key among the objectives was “to enhance policies related to human resources, link education policies to labor market demands, focus on building a labor force through vocational training, especially youth, so that they gradually replace guest labor, and encourage women to join the labor market.”

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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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Pakistan—AAWAZ Voice and Accountability Programme

AAWAZ brings together five of the most important civil society development organizations in Pakistan: Aurat Foundation, Southeast Asia Partnership-Pakistan, Strengthening Participatory Organization, Sungi Development Foundation, and Sustainable Development Policy Institute.

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Afghanistan—Regional Agricultural Development Program (RADP-East)

With plans for key infrastructure investments such as electrification and regional airports hubs, the farmers and agribusinesses of eastern Afghanistan are well positioned to take part in the country’s growing economy and benefit from expanding international trade opportunities.

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Somalia—Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia

The Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia (PIMS) programme takes a market development approach, using the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) methodology to stimulate inclusive economic growth. PIMS works through the private sector to support the functioning of markets in key sectors by addressing weaknesses in small-scale productive infrastructure, a chronic lack of market information, and limited access to finance.

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Ghana—Market Development (MADE) in Northern Ghana

This project is part of DAI’s framework contract with the U.K. Department for International Development and is being implemented by Nathan Associates UK. DAI is consulting the project on aspects of climate resilience.

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Sri Lanka—Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project (SDGAP)

Sri Lanka’s new government has taken bold steps toward political and social change, including reinforcing the central role of parliament, and has introduced and bolstered independent oversight commissions.

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