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.

Sustainable Livelihoods

Environmental protection is no longer the exclusive domain of the public and nonprofit sectors. Operating on behalf of clients in developing countries throughout the globe, we are transforming former hindrances to growth into vehicles for sustainable development. Just as social entrepreneurs are flourishing in the developed world, we are building the capacity of developing-world businessmen and women to adopt triple-bottom-line business models that blend environmental, social, and economic returns.

We help local stakeholders and businesses to devise and carry out innovative solutions using market-based approaches that generate business and livelihood opportunities based on sound environmental stewardship. Working in targeted ecosystems, our specialists help local stakeholders and businesses improve their knowledge of market opportunities and options, market requirements, and the value of products and services they can deliver that are linked to sound environmental management. DAI can help local communities and entrepreneurs access the financing, market information, and technical support required to develop successful businesses based on local products such as honey, resins, and ecotourism, all the while providing strong incentives to preserve important ecosystems.

Our Experts


Patricia Sturgess has a unique background that combines more than 13 years of experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors, with expertise in livelihoods, aid management, international relations and security, and political analysis.

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Our Projects


Afghanistan—Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE)

The U.S Agency for International Development, in continuing its longstanding commitment to women in Afghanistan, has launched the Afghan Women’s Leadership in the Economy project.

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

A quarter of a century after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the Central Asian Republics have yet to realize full regional integration or sustained economic growth outside of the oil and gas industries.

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Honduras—ProParque; Gobernanza en Ecosistemas, Medios de Vida, y Agua (GEMA)

Honduras and its Bay Islands offer unparalleled natural wonders—stunning coral reefs, mangroves, rainforests, cloud forests, mountain ranges, and an abundance of endemic plant and animal species. However, insufficient environmental protection and unchecked deterioration of natural resources threatens the future of these important and fragile ecosystems.

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Philippines—Protect Wildlife (Protect)

Protect is a multi-pronged program in the Philippines that works to conserve biodiversity, protect wildlife, and sustain ecosystem services in ways that also improve the local population’s livelihoods and long-term well-being.

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Indonesia—Mitra Kunci Initiative

The Mitra Kunci Initiative is providing Indonesia’s poorest and most vulnerable with skills needed to be productive members of Indonesia’s workforce through training, information, and resources to prepare them to meet the needs of the private sector.

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