November 25, 2014
A Big Thank You to the Ivymount School
Opening the pantries in the kitchens of DAI, employees have their pick of teas and coffees. Cups are always well stocked and organized. And cutlery is never in short supply. This is no accident—four students and their job coaches come to DAI’s Bethesda, Maryland, office twice a week for several hours to help stock the kitchens as part of a school-to-work job training program organized by the Ivymount School, a Washington, D.C., organization for young people with special needs.
November 24, 2014
DAI Announces Winners of Gunning Service Awards for 2014
DAI is delighted to announce three winners of this year’s David H. Gunning Award for Community Service: Christel Milazzo, who runs a food pantry in Montgomery County, Maryland; and Alia Afshar-Gandhi and Jessica Stretz, who work with My Brother’s Keeper Orphanage in Liberia.
November 5, 2014
EBRD Launches €200 Million Sustainable Energy Financing Facility in Poland
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched its second Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF2), implemented by DAI, with €200 million that will be loaned via local banks to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Poland to finance investments to replace or upgrade heating, cooling, electric, and related systems, thereby reducing energy bills and decreasing carbon emissions.
October 31, 2014
Education Campaign Programme Wins DAI Innovation of the Year
DAI is delighted to announce that the Transforming Education in Pakistan (TEP) programme has won Innovation of the Year with its Alif Ailaan Data Platform.
October 17, 2014
Sonal Shah is Featured Speaker to Kick Off DAI Innovation Week
Sonal Shah, founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, will be the featured speaker during DAI Innovation Week October 27–31.
October 13, 2014
Health Worker Receives Presidential Award Following Project Assistance
While improving local sanitation conditions is a difficult job with often little reward, such was not the case for Pak Mulyadi, a health worker from the Kedaung Barat Health Center in Tangerang District, Indonesia. Working as a sanitarian for the local health department, Mulyadi received training and support from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Indonesia Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IUWASH) project on how to best promote sanitation improvement in the local community of Damprit Village where his health center is based. He has since overseen programs which have led to about 80 percent of the households building safe latrine systems. For his efforts, Mulyadi was recently honored with a Presidential Award for being a “National Exemplary Health Worker.”
October 7, 2014
DAI Raises Over $6k for the Linda Norgrove Foundation
DAI hosted three events last week to raise funds for the Linda Norgrove Foundation, a grant-giving trust that provides funding for women, families, and children in Afghanistan, focusing on education, health, childcare, and scholarships to help Afghan women go to university. The events—a Happy Hour, Workout Wear Friday, and our annual 5k Run/Walk—raised a total of $6,414, a nearly 45 percent increase above last year’s total.
September 17, 2014
DAI-Managed Programme Highlighted in Official EU Communication
The European Commission (EC) recently published its Communication on Private Sector Development (PSD) under the Agenda for Change framework, which sets out the EU Development Policy. The Communication defines four pillars of future PSD support, including: a conducive business environment; support to formal and informal medium and small enterprises; women’s empowerment; and access to finance/financial inclusion. For access to finance/financial inclusion the EC highlighted the African, Caribbean, and Pacific–European Union Microfinance Programme, (ACP/EU MICROFINANCE) a programme managed from Brussels by DAI since March 2011.
September 15, 2014
DAI Participates in USAID Frontiers in Development Forum
When the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Frontiers in Development Forum kicked off September 18 in Washington, D.C., a DAI team was there to help address the forum’s driving question—“How will we eradicate extreme poverty by 2030?”
August 28, 2014
DAI Hosts Fellow from President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship
DAI is delighted to welcome Zainab Ferrah Conteh as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Zainab will work through September with DAI’s Africa Region team in its Bethesda, Maryland, office.
August 7, 2014
Summer 2014 Issue of Developments Now Available
The Summer 2014 issue of DAI’s Developments newsletter is now available. Click here to view Developments on its web and mobile platform. If you wish to order the free 32-page print copy, please send an email with your mailing address to email@example.com.
August 4, 2014
Donation to Norgrove Foundation Marks Marcotte Retirement
DAI’s Senior Vice President, U.S. Government Business Unit, Betsy Marcotte retired from the company this month after nine years of service. To celebrate her tenure, and particularly her devotion to the cause of development in Afghanistan, DAI made a $10,000 donation in Betsy’s name to the Linda Norgrove Foundation, a grant-giving trust that funds education, health, and childcare for women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan.
August 1, 2014
DAI Helps Lead African Trade Discussion at SID-Washington Event
Mark Rostal, who has led USAID finance projects in Kenya since 2004, provided insights at “Investing in Africa: New Opportunities for Growth & Prosperity,” an Africa Development Forum event before a standing-room audience at Society for International Development in Washington, D.C.
July 31, 2014
One Company, One Brand: DAI Retires HTSPE Name
Some seven months after the combination of DAI and HTSPE Ltd., DAI today announced that the HTSPE brand will be retired and the firm will begin doing business as DAI, effective July 31, 2014.
July 24, 2014
Asian Bishops Issue Call to Prevent Global Warming, Mitigate Climate Change
Calling it their spiritual obligation to “safeguard the integrity of creation,” the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences is asking church members to take action to prevent global warming and mitigate the effects of climate change.