Environment and Energy

Improved management of natural resources and important ecosystem services not only supports economic growth and strengthens resilience to climate change but also can provide the foundation for sustainable development.

Energy

Our work in renewable, locally available energy and energy-efficiency technology supports energy security, economic growth, environmental protection, and improved governance.

With a focus on expanding cleaner energy access for the 2.4 billion people who rely on traditional biomass and expensive fuels, DAI supports governments at the national and regional levels in their design of energy, trade, and tax policies to build an environment to attract investment for wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, biomass, and efficient fossil-based energy for both grid and off-grid distributed electricity.

We manage energy finance facilities and work to increase the capability of financial institutions to lend to the energy sector. We also work with entrepreneurs to help them learn how to install solar systems and run renewable energy businesses. In agriculture and fishing, our work allows local communities to retain more of the value of their crops through processing and refrigeration. Our work decreases pressure on forests and allows hydropower work to be done in a manner that benefits communities and protects the environment.

Our Experts


Clean energy specialist Gwen Andersen works to increase the speed with which developing countries adopt renewable energy by working on finance.

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Kevin Carlucci focuses on resource use efficiency (water, energy) and governance of land and its natural resources. He has particular interest in environmental finance, such as payments for ecosystem services, and in working to demystify how to access climate adaptation funding.

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Mily Cortés-Posas has more than 15 years of experience in renewable energy and cleaner production, working for the last six years for DAI in Honduras as a renewable energy and cleaner production specialist.

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Twenty years ago, John Costenbader graduated from a small New England college and felt a need to see how the rest of the world lived. Joining the Peace Corps, John served as a forestry volunteer on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Mali’s remote Dogon Plateau region.

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Anne-Sofia Holmberg is a Principal Consultant working on our portfolio of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) programmes and bids. She manages The Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility II and the Morocco Sustainable Energy Finance Facility.

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Hélène Kirémidjian has 10 years of professional experience in analysis, design, and implementation of economic growth projects focusing on value chain development and business enabling environment reform.

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Jeff Mitchell has worked in the oil and gas industry for nearly 40 years. His extensive experience informs DAI’s proprietary tool for economic analysis of local content in developing countries’ extractive industries.

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Jonathan Randall has been working at the intersection of sustainable economic development, climate change, and environmental conservation for more than 17 years.

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Chris Rose is a Senior Development Specialist with DAI Europe’s Energy, Environment, and Climate Change practice.

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Catherine Wallis has worked in international development for 14 years with public, commercial, and nonprofit clients across inclusive and sustainable agricultural supply chains, climate, and environmental sectors.

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Our Projects


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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Kenya—Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises (FIRM)

Kenya’s microfinance sector is internationally recognized due largely to consistent and strategic investment by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and projects led by DAI, including most recently our Kenya Access to Rural Finance (KARF) project (2007–2010).

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Morocco—Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (MorSEFF)

Like with its successful PolSEFF and WebSEFF projects in Poland and the Western Balkans, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in cooperation with in cooperation with the French Agency for Development, European Investment Bank, and KfW Development Bank, has extended credit lines to local partner financial institutions in Morocco that then on-lend to their clients.

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Poland—Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF)

We are creating a perpetual market for investments in efficient energy by Poland’s local businesses by training financial institutions on how to appraise and finance sensible energy projects; detailing for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the competitive advantages of investing in energy-efficient materials and equipment; and training local experts to assist SMEs in identifying and preparing technically feasible, bankable projects.

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Poland—Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility (Poland REFF)

Poland is one of the most energy-intensive economies in Europe and the Polish government identified increased energy efficiency as one of its top priorities when developing the country’s long-term energy policy.

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European Neighbourhood Policy East Countries—Clima East: Support to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The Clima East programme helped integrate the countries’ climate change strategies, greenhouse gases mitigation plans, and adaptation approaches. The programme was part of a larger Clima East package, supporting the development of ecosystems-based approaches to climate change.

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Somalia—Partnership for Economic Growth

A number of the Somali areas that enjoy relative peace and stability have established functioning governance structures and favorable business environments that have facilitated investment in sectors including livestock, import and export, telecommunications, remittances, and more.

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Serbia—Preparation of Second Energy Efficiency Action Plan and Development of Energy Indicators

The Preparation of Second Energy Efficiency Action Plan and Development of Energy Indicators project will assist the Serbian Ministry of Energy, Development, and Environment support sustainable development by creating an action plan and building capacities to advance energy saving and energy-efficiency measures that will contribute to reduction of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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Africa–Off-Grid Energy Access Mapping in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Sustainable Business Group designed a methodology to help the World Bank and International Finance Corporation provide investors with the data necessary to better understand the market for off-grid energy, and made that data accessible through a web-based, geo-analytical application.

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