February 23, 2015
DAI Raises Funds to Help Ebola Orphans Return to School
DAI’s UK offices recently held a fundraiser on behalf of Street Child, a charity focused primarily on achieving universal access to education.
February 20, 2015
Thai Scientist Goes From Microscopes to Policy-making
From examining microbes under a microscope to pitching policy recommendations that could affect the sharing of biological resources within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Program gave Honglada “Lada” Thoetkiattikul the skills, experience, and connections to help her shift her career and apply her expertise to improve science-based policy-making in the region
February 18, 2015
USAID Program Credited with Energizing Zimbabwe’s Agribusiness
Ministers, the U.S. ambassador, and local stakeholders commended the revival of Zimbabwe’s once-flourishing agriculture sector at an event marking the close of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Competitiveness Program (Zim-ACP).
February 11, 2015
DAI, Souktel, and MFO Launch Mobile Financial Education Services with Facebook’s Internet.org
DAI, Souktel, and Microfinance Opportunities (MFO) have teamed up to launch an online resource called “Your Money” as part of Facebook’s Internet.org App—an initiative that brings affordable internet access to two thirds of the world not yet connected. Launched in Colombia with Tigo, Your Money (“Su Dinero” in Spanish) provides local financial education lessons through basic mobile devices.
January 7, 2015
U.S. Acting Ambassador to Malawi Visits DAI-Led Feed the Future Project
United States Acting Ambassador to Malawi Michael Gonzales and a small team from the U.S. Embassy and Malawi Mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently visited the Feed the Future Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains (FtF-INVC) project.
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."
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.
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.
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.