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.
September 15, 2014
DAI Participates in USAID Frontiers in Development Forum
When the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Frontiers in Development Forum kicks off September 18 in Washington, D.C., a DAI team will be there helping to address the forum’s driving question—“How will we eradicate extreme poverty by 2030?”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
August 1, 2014
DAI Helps Lead African Trade Discussion at SID-Washington Event
Mark Rostal, who has led USAID finance projects in Kenya since 2004, provided insights at “Investing in Africa: New Opportunities for Growth & Prosperity,” an Africa Development Forum event before a standing-room audience at Society for International Development in Washington, D.C.
July 31, 2014
One Company, One Brand: DAI Retires HTSPE Name
Some seven months after the combination of DAI and HTSPE Ltd., DAI today announced that the HTSPE brand will be retired and the firm will begin doing business as DAI, effective July 31, 2014.
July 24, 2014
Asian Bishops Issue Call to Prevent Global Warming, Mitigate Climate Change
Calling it their spiritual obligation to “safeguard the integrity of creation,” the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences is asking church members to take action to prevent global warming and mitigate the effects of climate change.
July 15, 2014
Community Service Award Goes Far for Somaliland Youth Organization
Last year, two DAI employees received the company’s inaugural David H. Gunning Award for Community Service. Each awardee received $5,000 for donation to their respective social service organizations. The funding from one of the awards has helped purchase school uniforms, supplies, and sports kits for a youth group in Somaliland.
June 26, 2014
Project Supports Tourism Promotion Efforts in Lebanon
U.S. Ambassador David Hale and the Lebanese Minister of Tourism Michel Pharaon recently launched “Travel Lebanon” to promote domestic tourism in Lebanon.
June 24, 2014
DAI Holds Inaugural Small Business Fair
DAI recently held its first small business fair, where small firms met with DAI staff members in its Bethesda, Maryland, headquarters to establish connections and potential partnerships.
June 23, 2014
DAI Names Christopher Lockett to Head European Operations
DAI today announced that Christopher Lockett, a 10-year veteran of HTSPE Ltd., has been appointed Managing Director of DAI Europe and Senior Vice President of DAI.
June 20, 2014
Calculating the Fiscal Cost to Jordan of the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Commissioned by the Jordanian Ministry of Finance and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), DAI and authors Razan Nasser and Steven Symansky recently completed The Fiscal Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Jordan, a calculation of the direct and indirect fiscal costs of accommodating the Syrian refugees.
June 5, 2014
DAI’s Jean Gilson Appointed to SID Global Leadership Post
Jean Gilson, DAI’s Senior Vice President for Strategy and Information Technology, has been appointed to serve as Vice President on the Executive Committee of the Society for International Development, the umbrella group of which SID-Washington is a leading member. SID has three offices—in Dar es-Salaam, Nairobi, and Rome—and local chapters in more than 50 countries.
June 5, 2014
USAID Project Supports Construction of Major Wind Farm in Somaliland
The Government of Somaliland recently launched its first pilot wind farm, an initiative to power the Hargeisa International Airport, sending a clear signal that Somaliland has abundant renewable energy resources. The launch event—attended by Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud “Silanyo” and several key ministries—was the culmination of activities implemented by the Partnership for Economic Growth, a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).