February 28, 2014
Winter 2013-2014 Issue of Developments is Available Online
The Winter 2013-2014 issue of DAI’s Developments newsletter features articles about social and economic problems being solved in Somaliland, Pakistan, Morocco, and other countries, often by leveraging the motivation and know-how of local people vested in their communities.
February 27, 2014
HTSPE Shortlisted for British Expertise Award
An HTSPE-led project is one of three shortlisted by the London-based trade organization British Expertise for Outstanding International Development Project 2014.
February 20, 2014
Private and Civil Society Partnership Boosts Water Supply in Indonesia
East Java’s dwindling supply of raw water is being replenished thanks to an initiative launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and two key partners in Indonesia’s private and civil society sectors.
February 5, 2014
DAI CEO Jim Boomgard Named to Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid
DAI President and CEO Jim Boomgard has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the United States’ Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). The committee consists of leaders in the international development community who advise the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S. Government agencies on development policy.
January 8, 2014
DAI’s James Boomgard Named Chair of Council of International Development Companies
The Council of International Development Companies (CIDC) has named DAI President and CEO James Boomgard—formerly one of three co-chairs—as the CIDC Chair for 2014.
December 31, 2013
DAI Joins Forces with International Development Consultancy, HTSPE Ltd.
Combined entity offers enhanced capabilities and greater value for money to European development clients
HTSPE Ltd. has agreed to join forces with DAI, a global development company with corporate headquarters in London and Washington and project operations in 70 countries worldwide.
December 17, 2013
DFID Permanent Secretary Visits Women Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia
U.K. Department of International Development (DFID) Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock recently met with women entrepreneurs who are part of a DFID-funded project to boost lending to small and women-owned firms in Ethiopia. The project—called Private Enterprise Programme Ethiopia (PEPE)—works through microfinance institutions so they can make more financial products available to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
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.