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


Edwin Berk has made a career of building the businesses of professional services companies where public and private sectors intersect.

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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 a Principal Digital and Innovation Advisor.

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Bobby Jefferson, a leader in the field of information and communications technology for development, works 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 INVEST, 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


Palestine—Technology for Youth and Jobs Project (TechStart)

TechStart builds the capacity of Palestinian firms, strengthens demand from international buyers and investors, and stimulates the absorption of high-tech knowledge in the ecosystem.

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Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan—Enterprise and Innovation Programme (EIP)

The Enterprise and Innovation Programme increases innovation and growth in startups and small firms, providing support and training through the establishment of business innovation centres in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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Palestine—Innovative Private Sector Development (IPSD) project

The Innovative Private Sector Development (IPSD) project develops entrepreneurship and expands economic opportunity in the Palestinian Territories.

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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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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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Afghanistan—Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE)

The USAID Promote: Women in the Economy program bolstered women’s inclusion in Afghanistan’s mainstream economy and reinforced and advanced progress made by Afghan women over the past decade.

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