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


Melanie Bittle is a Principal Global Practice Specialist for DAI’s Agriculture and Market Systems practice.

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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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Tom Lenaghan is a specialist in agricultural value chain and market systems approaches to development.

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

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Kirsten Pfeiffer leads the design and implementation of complex agriculture market systems and investment facilitation projects.

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Bhairav Raja is a Client Lead in DAI’s Sustainable Business Group, based in London.

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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 20 years of experience working in the financial services and international development fields.

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David Tardif-Douglin is an agricultural economist with expertise in capacity building, training, and managing and overseeing multiple technical teams operating in multiple project sites.

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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 helps generate access to finance, good quality jobs, and increased incomes for Ethiopia’s poor. DAI works with consortium partners First Consult (Ethiopia), Itad (United Kingdom), Enclude (Netherlands), and BCaD.

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Jordan, Egypt, and Palestine—Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF)

The Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF) worked to jointly improve women’s access to opportunities, but also empowered them to take hold of these opportunities by supporting their agency—their voice, choice, and decision making in economic spaces. AWEF interventions helped to strengthen voice, choice, and control for 75,107 women in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine.

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

The Market Development in the Niger Delta (MADE) project, phases I and II, worked in all nine Niger Delta states to promote inclusive, pro-poor growth for farmers and entrepreneurs.

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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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Uzbekistan—USAID Agricultural Value Chain Activity (Uzbekistan AVC)

Uzbekistan AVC works to improve the quality and volume of agricultural production and post-harvest handling and production, facilitate market linkages, and link educational institutions with private sector demand.

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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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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 (FTF Inova)

The Feed the Future Agricultural Innovations (FTF 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 (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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Ethiopia—Strengthening Host and Refugee Populations (SHARPE)

SHARPE works to bring about systemic improvements in the protracted refugee situation affecting three regions in Ethiopia, enabling refugees and their host communities to become more economically resilient.

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Uganda—Inclusive Agricultural Markets (IAM)

The Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity works to increase incomes and improve livelihoods by promoting agriculture-led economic growth.

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Worldwide—Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP)

The Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships activity (MSP) helps the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) advance learning and good practice in integrating private sector engagement across all activities, while at the same time deepening market systems development across the Feed the Future program cycle.

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