December 12, 2013
DAI Recognizes Two Employees for their Community Service
Two DAI employees will receive the company’s inaugural David H. Gunning Award for Community Service in 2013. Mubarak Abdi and Vikki Groves will each receive $5,000 for donation to their respective social service organizations—the Somaliland National Youth Organization (SONYO) and Kings World Trust for Children.
December 9, 2013
New Issue of DAI Journal Focuses on Resilience
DAI has launched the latest issue of its Developing Alternatives journal, Resilience: Learning from Practice Across the Development Spectrum. Recognizing the multifaceted nature of the resilience challenge, the journal presents no single, overarching solution. Rather, says the journal’s technical editor Barb Lauer in her introduction to the volume, “These field studies, drawing from disciplines as diverse as post-conflict recovery, community empowerment, micro- and macroeconomics, environment and health, and mobile technology, suggest opportunities to borrow and adapt, in ways that enrich our programming across the spectrum of development work.”
December 6, 2013
DAI’s Saad Hamid to Present “60-Second Education” at Telenor Youth Summit
Ilm Ideas Communications Specialist Saad Hamid was one of 26 social entrepreneurs selected globally to present at the inaugural Telenor Youth Summit on December 9–11 in Oslo, Norway.
December 6, 2013
Development Leaders Come Together for Inaugural CIDC Conference
Nearly 170 members of the global development community came together this week at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural Council of International Development Companies (CIDC) Conference. Jim Boomgard, DAI President and CEO, co-chaired the event with Jan Auman, Tetra Tech President.
December 5, 2013
ICT, Access to Finance Stressed as Solutions to Empower Women
At the DAI-hosted lab at this year’s European Development Days, participants were challenged to come up with creative ways of economically empowering women in developing countries. Among some of the solutions discussed were: promoting the use of information and communications technology to help more women access business financing; training banks to cater specifically to female customers; taking advantage of women’s abilities to network; and encouraging donors and governments to facilitate women’s participation in local and global value chains.
December 2, 2013
Project Supports Historic Elections in Sri Lanka
On September 21, residents in Northern Sri Lanka cast their ballots as part of an historic event—the first-ever Northern Provincial Council Elections. Election Day turnout was extremely high at 68 percent, representing a dramatic increase from previous years despite a very tense electoral environment. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supported the landmark event through the Reintegration and Stabilization in the East and North (RISEN) project as the culmination of three years of work helping marginalized, conflict-affected communities in the North.
November 21, 2013
Wide-Ranging Economic Growth Project Launches in Jordan
The Jordan Competitiveness Program (JCP) has officially launched—with ambitious goals of creating some 40,000 jobs over the next five years and attracting foreign investment to the Kingdom.
November 20, 2013
DAI Project Assists Honduran Government in Passing Regulations to Protect Natural Areas
The government of Honduras has passed laws that will allow the private sector to invest in infrastructure and visitor services in the country’s underfunded national parks, enabling the development of tourism concessions in these spectacular but unfrequented protected natural areas.
November 14, 2013
Gahaya Links’ Janet Nkubana, USAID’s Alex Thier to Speak on European Development Days Gender Panel
Janet Nkubana, the co-founder of Rwanda-based Gahaya Links, will be one of four speakers at the upcoming European Development Days conference, November 26–27. She will be part of a DAI-sponsored innovation lab addressing women’s economic empowerment called “Harnessing public private partnerships to connect women’s businesses to international supply chains.” This lab includes Alex Thier, the Assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and DAI’s Anne Simmons-Benton and Katja Silva-Leander.
November 11, 2013
Mozambique’s World Bank Business Ranking Improves
Mozambique, which has historically struggled with the process of issuing construction permits, jumped 46 places on the construction permit indicator in the recently released World Bank Doing Business 2014 report.
October 31, 2013
Community Water Association in Indonesia Wins Award
The Community Association of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users in the Lamongan District of Indonesia was chosen as one of 12 winners of the Drinking Water and Environmental Health Award from the National Working Group on Drinking Water and Sanitation.
October 23, 2013
Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda wins Phoenix Award from the Society of American Travel Writers
The Nyungwe Nziza (“Beautiful Nyungwe”) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was named one of the winners of the Society of American Travel Writers’ (SATW) Phoenix Awards at SATW’s annual convention in Biloxi, Mississippi, this month.
October 15, 2013
DAI Honors Vietnam Business Leader and Project Partner
Dau Anh Tuan of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) won a Development Leadership Award from DAI for his “exemplary leadership in making Vietnam a stronger economy and society for businesses and the Vietnamese people.”
October 9, 2013
Girls Going to School Against the Odds in Pakistan
With funding from Ilm Ideas, a DAI-led project funded by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), and the support of the local community, Sindh Radiant Organization set up 18 community learning centers in spaces donated by the community or by utilizing underutilized public spaces.
October 4, 2013
Latest Issue of DAI's Developments Newsletter Now Available Online
The Summer 2013 issue of DAI’s newsletter, Developments, is now available online with seven thought-provoking articles from our technical experts and consultants.