Environment

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


Nadya Boneva is an energy engineer and expert in environmental monitoring control and health. She has more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing projects for donors, international organizations, government, and the nongovernmental sector.

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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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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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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 Project Director for Climate Change and the Environment with DAI’s EU business.

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Catherine Wallis leads our Climate and Natural Resources Team, supporting business development, technical assistance, and project management with a focus on resilient and food-secure communities, healthy productive ecosystems, and sustainable development outcomes in the context of climate hazards.

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Our Projects


Worldwide—EU Global Support Facility for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

The Global NDC Support Facility contributes to the acceleration of the transition towards low-carbon, resource-efficient, and resilient economies in line with the EU Green Deal, Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Morocco—Green Economy Financing Facility II (GEFF Morocco II)

The Green Economy Financing Facility Morocco II provides financing in the form of senior unsecured loans to participating financial institutions, including banks, microfinance, and leasing companies.

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Turkey—Technical Assistance for Establishment of Boosting Effective and Sustainable Transformation for Energy (BEST for Energy)

BEST for Energy will increase Turkey’s use of alternative energy sources, including renewable sources. The project also supports the country’s renewable energy industry and services to become more internationally competitive.

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Dominican Republic—Climate Change Vulnerability Analysis of Coastal Zones

DAI and local partner Fundacion Plenitud are developing a state-of-the art assessment of the vulnerability and potential impacts of climate change on the coastal systems of the Dominican Republic.

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Vietnam—Urban Energy Security (VUES)

The Vietnam Urban Energy Security project promotes the deployment in urban centers of 400 megawatts worth of advanced distributed energy technologies, ranging from solar panels and storage batteries to energy-efficient vehicles.

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Tunisia—Green Economy Financing Facility (Tunisia GEFF)

The Tunisia Green Economy Financing Facility (Tunisia GEFF) is a €130 million credit facility channeled through Tunisian banks and leasing companies to private sector sub-borrowers for investment in technologies and services that support the transition to a green economy.

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Mexico Clean Energy Programme

The U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) aims to promote energy-driven low-carbon growth, reducing poverty and generating new market opportunities for symbiotic U.K. partnerships and investments. DAI is helping the FCDO achieve its vision in Mexico by implementing the Clean Energy Program, which aims to develop the skills of men and women, small and medium enterprises, and government institutions to support Mexico’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Bhutan—Decentralisation and Renewable Natural Resource Management

This project supports the implementation of the European Union (EU)-bilateral development cooperation strategy in Bhutan, with particular focus on the two ongoing EU budget support programs: 1) Rural Development and Climate Change, and 2) Local Governance and Fiscal Decentralization.

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Nepal—Renewable Energy Programme (NREP)

Along with key partner Winrock International, DAI is building the capacity of the Government of Nepal to lead and manage the National Small-Scale Renewable Energy Framework—an overarching vision for the off-grid electricity and clean cooking sector.

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Morocco—Green Value Chains (Morocco GVC)

The Morocco Green Value Chains project combines small firm competitiveness concepts with the green economy.

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Egypt—Technical and Financial Sustainability of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sectors

DAI is creating the Cairo Energy Efficiency Centre to promote the use of renewable energy and spread awareness of energy saving. The team also supports ongoing reform in the energy sector by assisting Egypt to achieve sustainable energy and security of energy supplies.

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Turkey—Developing an Analytical Basis for Formulating Strategies and Actions Towards Low Carbon Development

The Developing an Analytical Basis for Formulating Strategies and Actions Towards Low Carbon Development programme worked to reduce manmade greenhouse gas emissions by increasing Turkey’s national and local capacity to prepare for medium and long-term action toward climate-resilient low-carbon development.

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

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) was sub-contracted by Development Seed to support this project by providing guidance and expertise on energy demand and access in Sub-Saharan Africa, along with support for data needs.

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Poland—Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility (Poland REFF)

Poland REFF created a program of targeted loans to incentivize borrowing for household improvements that increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

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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 assisted the Serbian Ministry of Energy, Development, and Environment by creating an action plan and building capacities to advance energy-saving and energy-efficiency measures that will help reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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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, extended credit lines to local partner financial institutions in Morocco that then on-lent to their clients.

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Jordan—Competitiveness Program (JCP)

JCP stimulated about $70 million in new Jordanian exports, facilitated more than $100 million in investment opportunities, contributed to the creation of nearly 1,000 jobs, and assisted in securing new or better work opportunities for nearly 30,000 individuals.

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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

The USAID Partnership for Economic Growth program worked with local authorities and private sector groups to improve the enabling environment for investment and generate more productive employment and incomes.

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Kenya—Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises (FIRM)

Kenya FIRM built the capacity of the commercial sector to deliver customized financial products and services for entrepreneurs and busi­nesses—primarily in rural areas.

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Poland—Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF I & II)

We created 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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