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).
May 23, 2014
At SID Conference, DAI Leads Discussion on New Models of Innovation and Collaboration
Over the past couple of decades, private resource flows to developing nations have risen exponentially, far outpacing official development assistance. This illustrates the growing potential influence of the private sector over development versus traditional donor organizations. DAI’s Kristi Ragan and an expert panel took up these issues and more at the Society for International Development (SID) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. this week.
May 23, 2014
PolSEFF Partner Bank Wins Award from EBRD
BNP Paribas Bank Polska—a partner bank of the DAI-implemented Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF) program—won the EBRD 2014 Sustainability Energy and Climate Change Award for achievements in supporting small and medium enterprises in their initiatives to increase energy efficiency and apply energy from renewable sources.
May 22, 2014
Elizabeth Nelson Appointed Chair of DAI Board of Directors
DAI is delighted to announce the appointment of Elizabeth (Betsey) Nelson as Chair of DAI’s Board of Directors. She succeeds outgoing chair Jim Boomgard, DAI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, who had led the Board on an interim basis since the retirement of longtime chair David Gunning in May 2013.
May 19, 2014
Low-Income Households in Indonesia Get Improved Water Supply and Sanitation Facilities
U.S. Ambassador Robert O. Blake Jr. accompanied by the Mayor of Surakarta, Indonesia, recently inaugurated new water supply and sanitation facilities in the neighborhood of Semanggi. The facilities were developed under a program—called Kampung Sanitasi—designed to increase the access of low-income households to safe water supply and sanitation services. The program was implemented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Indonesia Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IUWASH) project.
May 14, 2014
DAI to Moderate Panel on Innovations in Science & Technology at SID Conference
DAI will join more than 600 development professionals on May 20 at the Society for International Development (SID)-Washington 2014 Annual Conference. Kristi Ragan, Chief of Party of the USAID Grand Challenges for Development, will lead the plenary on Collaborating to Scale Innovations in Science & Technology: Development, Donors and the Private Sector at 9:15 am.
May 9, 2014
Global Innovation Summit Director Advocates for New Paradigm at SID Event
Venture capitalist Victor Hwang, CEO of T2 Venture Creation and author of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley, called for a new paradigm to promote development innovation at a May 7 meeting of the Society for International Development Private Sector Working Group in Washington, D.C.
April 30, 2014
Land Tenure Specialists Reflect on World Bank Conference
Last month, nearly 1,000 members of the land rights community gathered at the 15th annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty to present field-based research, announce new initiatives, and develop partnerships. According to the World Bank, the conference aims to “foster dialogue and the sharing of best practices on the diversity of reforms, approaches, and experiences that are being implemented in the land sector around the world.”
April 15, 2014
DAI’s Steven Lawry Invited to Present on Land Rights to European Parliament
According to Dr. Steven Lawry, DAI’s Global Practice Lead for Land Tenure and Property Rights, customary land tenure rights provide poor farmers in Africa access to land as a social right. National governments and donor agencies should support efforts that strengthen the legal protections of customary right holders to their land, especially in the face of efforts to convert customary tenure to freehold or private title, he says.