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May 27, 2016

Innovation into Action Challenge Winners Chosen

Last night, DAI and its partners announced four winners of the Innovation into Action Challenge, a competition designed to find and support products and services that will help people in developing nations tackle social and economic development problems.

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May 13, 2016

Nine Finalists Selected for Innovation into Action Challenge

Nine organizations have been chosen as finalists for the DAI Innovation into Action Challenge, a global competition designed to find and support products and services that will help people in developing nations tackle social and economic development problems. Finalists will come to the Washington, D.C. area during the week of May 23 to compete for three Challenge prizes, each offering $20,000 in seed funding, an opportunity to field-test their product or service, and a tailored package of coaching and technical assistance.

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April 29, 2016

ICT4D Leader Bobby Jefferson Joins DAI’s Global Health Team

DAI today announced that Bobby Jefferson has joined DAI as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for DAI Global Health, effective May 1. A leader in the field of information and communications technology for development (ICT4D), Jefferson will focus on expanding DAI’s range of digital health services.

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April 22, 2016

DAI’s Employee Ownership Initiative Wins Prestigious Award

DAI was yesterday named an award winner at the 17th annual conference of the Global Equity Organization (GEO), a professional membership organization dedicated to advancing understanding of employee share plans. DAI won in a new award category, Best Use of a Share Plan in a Private Company.

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April 21, 2016

DAI Empowers Young Colombian Innovators via NASA Space Apps Challenge

DAI is working with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, its on-campus technology and innovation hub, Centro Ático, and the Centro Internacional de Agriculture Tropical (CIAT) in Cali to harness the entrepreneurial power of young Colombians to tackle climate change with the aid of NASA satellite data, mobile phones, and their own ingenuity.

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April 20, 2016

DAI Hosts LGBTI Advocate Chloe Schwenke

DAI this week hosted Chloe Schwenke for a presentation in its Bethesda office. Schwenke is a leading voice in the efforts to integrate sexual minorities into the work of the international development community.

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April 12, 2016

Fiscal Reform Project Continues to Support Government of Jordan’s Public Financial Management

To help the Government of Jordan meet its financial challenges, the Fiscal Reform Project released the Public Expenditure Perspectives 2015 Report and finalized the rollout of the Government Financial Management Information System.

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April 8, 2016

Jim Winkler elected to Board of Directors for Corporate Council on Africa

Senior Trade and Investment Advisor Jim Winkler has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), a nonprofit, membership-based organization that promotes business and investment between the U.S. and African countries.

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April 7, 2016

DAI to Present at European Development Days 2016

DAI is pleased to have been selected to host a lab and stand at the annual European Development Days event in Brussels on June 15-16.

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April 6, 2016

DAI Presents EC-Funded Study on Uganda Land Governance

DAI recently hosted a workshop in Kampala, Uganda, on the implementation of the country’s national land policy (NLP). The workshop presented the findings of a seven-week capacity assessment to support the implementation of the NLP.

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March 31, 2016

USAID, DAI Partner from Thailand Honored for Courage by U.S. Department of State

A key partner of the USAID Sapan Program in Thailand was presented the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit, 50, co-owner of a bookstore, Book Re:public, was one of 14 recipients lauded at a March 29 ceremony in Washington, D.C., led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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March 18, 2016

DAI Presents Four Papers at 2016 World Bank Conference

DAI’s Land Tenure and Property Rights team presented four papers at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2016, on March 14–18, in Washington, D.C.

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March 17, 2016

Innovation into Action Challenge Attracts Great Response

The response to the Innovation into Action Challenge, whose application window closed last week, has been rich, broad, and diverse. All told, the competition attracted entries from 296 innovators in 49 countries.

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March 16, 2016

Kosmos Energy Launches Groundbreaking Social Investment Initiative in Ghana

Kosmos Energy today launched the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) in Accra, Ghana. With DAI’s assistance, Kosmos will take a market-driven approach to catalyze innovation and promote youth employment in the Ghanaian agricultural sector. DAI will provide capacity building support, personnel recruitment and management, stakeholder engagement, investment due diligence, and ongoing technical assistance to the initiative.

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February 24, 2016

A Trio of Innovators Get Closer to Market

Three examples of entrepreneurial thinking fostered by DAI-led projects have recently won acclaim: a gas cylinder safety and tracking device in Jordan; therapeutic sensory spaces for children with developmental disorders in the West Bank and Gaza; and a mobile application for tracking complaints registered with governments in Cambodia.

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