DAI and the European Union

The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest development donor. DAI, with its long-term presence on the European continent, is a key partner in the implementation of the EU global strategy for international development and cooperation.


Our Solutions

DAI’s work covers EU traditional cooperation sectors such as governance, sustainable agriculture, economic growth, and education, but also offers innovative approaches to the EU’s pressing priorities on migration, resilience, digitalisation, climate change, private sector engagement and investment, and global health—in addition to new challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.


DAI supports the EU’s global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has leveraged its in-house expertise and multiclient experience to share knowledge and identify innovative solutions to the global COVID-19 crisis.

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Economic Growth

Sustainable Agriculture

We help communities, nations, and regions address food insecurity by championing solutions that lead to resilient and sustainable livelihoods—increasing agricultural productivity and production, expanding opportunities to boost and diversify incomes, and promoting socially and economically responsible safety nets.

Trade and Private Sector Engagement

DAI works in line with the External Investment Plan for private sector engagement and investment and has an inclusive approach to development, working with donors, businesses, investors, and governments.

Our company has a longstanding commitment to responsible and sustainable business and is a signatory of the UN Global Compact. Dedicated teams and business units support private sector engagement and investment in EU partner countries.

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Global Health

DAI delivers holistic, tech-enabled solutions to save lives and improve well-being worldwide. It builds on more than 20 years of experience and technical know-how in health systems strengthening, global health security, and human-centered digital design.

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Crosscutting Sectors

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

DAI applies a gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) approach to integrate gender considerations across all our services and sectors: design, research, monitoring and evaluation, assessments, and implementation—as well as in the staffing of projects. Our Gender Working Group brings together DAI’s latest thinking and develops crosscutting solutions integrating all these sectors.

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Fragility and Migration

DAI’s work is in line with the European Consensus for Development and the EU’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement. We work in complex and fragile environments to strengthen resilience against environmental and economic shocks. Our Center for Secure and Stable States is tasked with ensuring technical and operational excellence for all our development and governance work in fragile states.

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Digital for Development

DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration (CDA) is driving positive change across emerging markets through the design and deployment of innovative, user-centered digital tools. Since 2000, DAI’s digital team has worked in 70 countries, providing advisory services, product development, insights, and research to public and private sector clients including DEVCO, NEAR, GIZ, the U.K Department for International Development (DFID), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and GSMA.

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Developments is DAI’s newsletter. News and feature articles, opinion pieces, and interviews highlight DAI projects and offer insight into global development issues of the day.

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