Economic Growth

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

Value Chain and Market Systems Development

From input suppliers to end retailers, we strengthen the capabilities of all actors along a product line to meet market demand by alleviating constraints on productivity and growth, increasing access to high-quality inputs and working capital, and improving information flow.

We facilitate strategic planning—rigorously diagnosing opportunities and constraints, and recommending best-practice approaches by those with an interest in seeing growth in the entire chain—which increases domestic production, boosts sales, improves incomes, promotes investment in the rural economy, and generates new jobs in sectors with natural, and sometimes thoughtfully nurtured, comparative advantages.

Under our model, buyers, suppliers, and financial service providers become the leading, sustainable source of technical assistance, and value-chain participants become advocates for legal and regulatory reform when needed.

Our Experts


Lief Doerring is a senior international development expert, leader, and portfolio manager with more than 20 years of experience working in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific.

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Arsalan Faheem works with our London-based Private Sector Development practice, where he is responsible for advising DAI’s portfolio of economic development programmes, as well as growing the practice through client development.

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Bill Grant has played an important role in the development and application of subsector and value chain approaches.

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Bronwyn Irwin is an agricultural economist who specializes in strengthening agricultural market systems to increase competitiveness while preserving natural resources, increasing food security, and integrating gender.

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James McIntyre Brown is the Health Practice Director for Europe and joined DAI in May 2017.

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Bhairav Raja serves clients in our Sustainable Business Group’s corporate social investment portfolio, including multinational corporations in retail and oil and gas.

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Kongkona Sarma is an experienced economic development specialist who started her career in the capital markets, gaining skills in financial valuation, corporate restructuring, and quantitative research.

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Katja Silva-Leander is a Director at DAI, specialized in inclusive economic growth, with 17 years of experience working in the financial services and international development fields.

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David Tardif-Douglin runs Africa Lead II, a project that builds the capacity of agriculture professionals, institutions and stakeholders to position African leaders and institutions at the forefront of increased agricultural productivity and food security.

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Our Projects


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

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

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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) stimulates increased women’s economic empowerment and agency through a market systems approach.

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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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Mozambique—Innovation for Agribusiness (InovAgro I, II, III)

Innovation for Agribusiness works to increase revenue for small farmers in northern Mozambique by promoting the development of inclusive and sustainable market systems.

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Nepal—Rural Access Programme (RAP)

The Rural Access Programme addresses lack of access and social exclusion through rural road construction that targets the poorest and most disadvantaged groups in Nepal.

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Nigeria—Market Development in the Niger Delta I & II (MADE)

The second phase of the Market Development in the Niger Delta project is using a market systems approach to increase productivity and incomes for poor farmers as well as addressing the root causes of migration and human trafficking from Nigeria.

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Palestinian Market Development Programme (PMDP)

PMDP is improving market systems and the competitiveness of the Palestinian private sector. The project works to improve private sector skills and innovation through technical assistance and matching grants; address market system failures in specific sectors through market analysis and facilitation; and strengthen trade and investment linkages with international markets in collaboration with key commercial representatives.

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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 (PIMS)

The Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia (PIMS) programme addresses critical market constraints in Somalia largely through co-investment with Somali firms, to stimulate the creation of long-term jobs, increase smallholder incomes, and leverage private sector investment.

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Uzbekistan—USAID Agricultural Value Chain Activity in Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan AVC)

Uzbekistan AVC is capitalizing on the achievements of USAID’s Uzbekistan AgLinks (2007–2011) and AgLinks Plus (2011–2015) projects, which were implemented by DAI.

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Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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 to global markets.

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Ukraine—Financial Sector Transformation (FST)

The Financial Sector Transformation (FST) Activity supports efforts to reform Ukraine’s non-bank financial institutions.

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Mozambique—Feed the Future Agricultural Innovations (INOVA)

The Feed the Future Agricultural Innovations (INOVA) project partners with farmers, businesses, and policymakers to explore ways to improve production and increase sales of key cash crops vital to Mozambique’s economy.

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Afghanistan Value Chains (AVC)–Livestock

The Afghanistan Value Chains–Livestock project helps livestock farmers and related agribusinesses to increase productivity and create jobs by expanding into new markets, attracting investors, and improving efficiency.

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Afghanistan Value Chains–High Value Crops (AVC–High Value Crops)

Afghanistan Value Chains–High Value Crops works with leading Afghan firms in select agriculture value chains to improve efficiency and profitability, driving rapid growth and creating jobs for men, women, and youth.

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