DAI works on the frontlines of international development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.


We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. We work with a wide range of clients, including national and local governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, private corporations, and philanthropies.


Since 1970, we have worked in more than 150 countries—delivering results across the spectrum of international development contexts, from stable societies and high-growth economies to challenging environments racked by political or military conflict.

Global Impact

We partner with local people and institutions on scores of projects worldwide.

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Catalyzing Economic Growth

Our project—which aimed to improve Cambodia’s business friendliness and economic vitality—touched the lives of 1.3 million people in its second phase alone.

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Finding What Works

“DAI made drastic steps forward in measuring impact, marking the new way forward in measuring project impact in stabilization effectiveness.” - USAID

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Going Social on Avian Influenza

In March 2013, mobile phone subscriptions in Indonesia—a country of approximately 245 million people—topped 285 million. That’s a penetration rate of 117 percent—higher than in China, India, or even Japan. As the cost of phones and service plans dropped, social networks and community media grew enormously, fueled by texting and phone-enabled video.

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DAI offers rewarding careers for talented technical, managerial, and support professionals.