Economic Growth

Driving trade, technology, agriculture, business, and financial services to create jobs, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.


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

Fatima Adamu is a sociologist by training with particular expertise in gender, poverty, and equity issues in northern Nigeria.

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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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Seema Khan has more than 12 years of experience in gender, social inclusion, sexual and reproductive health, and voice and accountability issues.

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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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Georgia Taylor has been working on gender, women’s economic empowerment, private sector development and sexual and reproductive health for more than 20 years.

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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 (AWEF)

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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Lebanon—Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD)

The Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project is a five-year program aimed at improving Lebanon’s economic stability and providing income-generating opportunities for small business while creating jobs for the rural population, in particular women and youth.

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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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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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