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December 17, 2014

DAI CEO James Boomgard Issues Statement on Release of Alan Gross

In response to the reported release of Alan Gross, DAI President and CEO James Boomgard today issued the following statement:

"This is a joyful day. We are delighted by the release and safe return of Alan Gross, and immensely happy for him and his family."
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December 11, 2014

DAI and Partners to Address Emerging Pandemic Threats such as Ebola

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has chosen DAI and three partners—Training Resources Group, The Futures Group, and the African Field Epidemiology Network—to implement a five-year program to help countries prepare for and respond to disease outbreaks.

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December 9, 2014

DAI’s Enrique Giraldo Presents Best Practices in Fiscal Reform at High-Level OECD Events

Enrique Giraldo, the Chief of Party on the El Salvador Fiscal Policy and Expenditure Management Program (FPEMP), will present in Paris at two events hosted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): The Symposium on Anti-Corruption Development Assistance: Good Practices among Providers of Development Cooperation, and a meeting of Task Force on Tax and Development.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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 publications@dai.com.

 

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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.

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