Economic Growth

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

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A pioneer of developing and implementing strategies for national competitiveness, DAI now works at the forefront of development strategies around low-carbon growth.

We work across all sectors—from rural agricultural to large-scale manufacturing and service industries—to boost firm-level innovation and productivity and develop ecosystems that foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and employment generation. We take a commercial approach to stimulating production efficiency and quality improvements, through new technologies and improved workforce skills. We work with companies to adopt innovative business models, reach high-value markets, leverage investments, and access new technologies.

We engage all stakeholders—policymakers, private sector, training institution, and business service providers—to generate partnerships that offer entrepreneurship and employment opportunities, particularly for youth.

Our Experts


Tim Bergstrom leads the Strengthening Host and Refugee Populations in Ethiopia (SHARPE) programme.

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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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Peter Brimble has worked extensively in Central, Southeast, and North Asia on industrial efficiency, investment promotion, foreign direct investment, private sector development, and public policy issues.

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Kate Heuisler is currently the Chief of Party for the Development Innovations project in Cambodia, a project designed as an innovation “lab” to support civil society organizations, social enterprises and young innovators to design and use of information and communication technology (ICT) tools to better address local community needs.

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Bobby Jefferson, a leader in the field of information and communications technology for development, is working to expand DAI’s range of digital health services.

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Danijela Kostic performs management, coordination, planning, and assessments of information and communications technology (ICT) projects, writing technical documentation, reviewing ICT components for DAI projects, working on proposals with ICT components, and designing tailored solutions for project beneficiaries.

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Kristi Ragan leads The Invest Project, a flagship USAID program to research, develop, and build “blended finance” solutions for development challenges.

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Zehra Zaidi is the Director for Education in DAI’s Europe office and has designed and led programmes focused on education, innovation, governance, and social entrepreneurship.

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Our Projects


Afghanistan—Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE)

The USAID Promote: Women in the Economy program is bolstering women’s inclusion in Afghanistan’s mainstream economy and reinforcing and advancing progress made by Afghan women over the past decade.

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East Africa—Trade and Investment Hub

The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub is the U.S. Government’s flagship project under the presidential Trade Africa initiative, which works to increase U.S.-Africa trade and investment, regional integration, and competitiveness.

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Jordan—Competitiveness Program (JCP)

JCP activities align with the goals and opportunities of the Jordan Compact, which coordinates donor responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. The program’s three complementary work streams focus on investment, exports, and business-enabling environment.

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Lebanon—Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD)

The Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project improved Lebanon’s economic stability and provided income-generating opportunities for small business while creating jobs for the rural population, in particular women and youth.

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Somalia—Somali Business Catalytic Fund (SBCF)

To help address barriers and boost economic growth, the World Bank launched the Somali Business Catalytic Fund (SBCF) to invest in the establishment and expansion of profitable small and medium enterprises. Over its life, the SBCF disbursed more than $5.2 million in grant funding in the Somaliland, Puntland, and Mogadishu regions.

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Palestine Finance for Jobs (F4J)

Implemented on behalf of the Palestinian Ministry of Finance and Planning, the Finance for Jobs project addresses constraints to job growth in the West Bank and Gaza by developing financing instruments to promote business investment and job training.

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Ghana—Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC)

DAI helped Kosmos Energy to design, launch, and implement the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) program as part of the oil and gas company’s corporate social investment strategy in Ghana.

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Indonesia—Jalin

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Jalin program assists the Indonesian government as it promotes locally led solutions for preventing maternal and newborn deaths and extending health services.

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