July 21, 2009

DAI Opens Office in Islamabad

DAI, which has implemented more than 30 projects in Pakistan since the early 1980s, yesterday launched its newest corporate office: DAI Pakistan.

DAI Pakistan coordinates DAI’s marketing and business development initiatives in the country and will assist in the implementation of development programs, including the current Pakistan Legislative Strengthening Program.

The Pakistan team is based in Islamabad and led by Managing Director Zahid Elahi, an economist with more than 20 years of development experience specializing in decentralized governance, microfinance, and institutional and community development.

“Pakistan’s social and economic development is crucial not only to the welfare of the Pakistani people but increasingly to the security and stability of the region,” said Elahi, whose career has encompassed work with the Government of Pakistan, The Asia Foundation, and various local and international nongovernmental organizations and international donors.

DAI’s record of long- and short-term projects in Pakistan includes water and irrigation management, agricultural development, microfinance, narcotics awareness and control, and fiscal decentralization. Clients have included the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the U.K. Department for International Development.

In addition to DAI Pakistan, DAI has permanent offices in Bethesda, Maryland (U.S.A.), London (U.K.), Amman (Jordan), Ramallah (Palestine), Johannesburg (South Africa), and Mexico City (Mexico).