Economic Growth

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

Trade

We work with countries and businesses to increase trade in local, regional, and international markets. Whether facilitating accession to the World Trade Organization, assisting in regional trade negotiations, advising and implementing policy reforms, expanding market access, promoting trade, or helping clients meet the requirements to enter markets, our economic growth specialists have worked with policy makers and enterprises to provide them with the needed analysis, skills, and implementation support.

Our global footprint enhances our ability to make global market linkages and our expertise in public-private collaboration provides the foundation on which we have helped a wide range of sectors and businesses—including small women-owned businesses—to access world markets and large suppliers. Expertise in development and corporate social responsibility allows us to bridge the corporate and development worlds and ensure that the benefits of trade accrue at all levels.

Our Experts


Rashad Bibars is a senior development leader with more than 18 years of experience in designing and managing complex economic growth and private sector programs in Afghanistan, Jordan, and the Middle East in areas related to micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) and workforce development.

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Till Bruett has more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector including commercial banking, microfinance, and digital finance.

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Donal Cotter is an expert in economic growth programming, competitiveness, and market-based systems with more than 20 years of experience in international development.

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Gareth Davies is a Senior Principal Global Practice Specialist with DAI and a nine-time Chief of Party managing projects focused on complex economic, trade an public financial management reforms.

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Juan Estrada-Valle is an international expert in agriculture, trade, investment, and stability.

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Joshua Kirton joined DAI in 2022 as a Senior Global Practice Specialist in the Finance, Investment, and Trade Practice. Earlier in his career, Josh worked in development finance and on data and analytics projects in humanitarian response settings in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Marina Krivoshlykova is a Principal Global Practice Manager for DAI’s Private Sector Development and Skills practice.

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Bryanna Millis is a Principal Global Practice Specialist with DAI.

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Frank O’Brien has more than 25 years of experience working to develop market systems and promote public-private partnerships in East and Southern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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Kristi Ragan leads Africa Trade and Investment (ATI) program, which boosts trade, increases investment, and supports healthy business climates across the African continent.

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Fiona Shera has more than 25 years of experience in international development, with a strong focus on trade and gender.

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Geoffrey Wright is a senior trade and regulatory reform leader with 26 years of experience.

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Our Projects


Mozambique—Technical Assistance in Support of Trade and Development for Promove Comércio

The Technical Assistance in Support of Trade and Development in Promove Comércio project works to improve the trade and business environment in Mozambique.

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Africa—Prosper Africa Trade and Investment (ATI)

The Africa Trade and Investment (ATI) Activity is a whole-of-government platform to help African and U.S. businesses double two-way trade and investment, thereby solidifying Africa’s place as a significant trading partner of the United States.

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Burma—Responsible Investment and Trade Activity (RITA)

The Burma Responsible Investment and Trade Activity increases responsible trade and private sector investment by improving corporate governance, business transparency, and competitiveness in Myanmar.

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Lebanon—Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) Activity

The Trade and Investment Facilitation Activity works to boost the exports of Lebanese goods and services, facilitate investment in Lebanese enterprises, and improve the business and investment enabling environment in Lebanon.

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Southern Africa—Trade Forward Southern Africa

The Trade Forward Southern Africa programme supports growth in trade, improves gender equality in the trade arena, and alleviates poverty across Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa.

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Vietnam—Technical Assistance for the ARISE+ Programme

The EuropeAid project Technical Assistance for the ARISE+ Programme aims to provide technical assistance to the Vietnamese Government to maximise Vietnam’s benefits from preferential trade regimes, with a focus on regional agreements and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and Investment Protection Agreement.

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Worldwide—Trade, Private Sector Development, and Engagement (TPSD/E) Facility, I and II

The Trade, Private Sector Development, and Engagement Facility helps shape and implement new policies related to Aid for Trade and regional integration programmes.

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Southern Africa—Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub)

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub engages with partners across Southern Africa to deepen regional economic integration, promote two-way trade with the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and attract investment that drives commercial expansion within the region and globally.

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Central Asia—Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity (CTJ); Trade Central Asia (TCA)

DAI is working in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to improve regional trade—which will grow exports and employment.

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