• Encouraging enterprises to expand into new markets: FNMD

  • Enabling business at the national and provincial levels: MSME2

  • Working with water providers to increase access to services: ESP

  • Ensuring security and justice sector accountability: SSAPR

Projects

DAI projects cover the full spectrum of development disciplines. We are building local capacity to fight disease in outbreak hot spots around the world. We have trained local armed forces in civil-military relations in Africa, and we are active in the education sector in Pakistan. Working arm in arm with local people and organizations, we have tackled land tenure issues in Rwanda, helped Haiti’s hillside farmers raise their incomes, improved natural resource management in the Philippines, mitigated conflict in Liberia, and fostered responsive local governments in Serbia. In all of our projects, we emphasize inclusion, participation, and sustainability.

Afghanistan Regional Agricultural Development Program (RADP–North)

The Regional Agricultural Development Program–North (RADP-North), funded by USAID, works to improve the productivity and profitability of select agricultural value chains which will increase the food and economic security of rural Afghans.

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Afghanistan—Agricultural Credit Enhancement Program (ACE)

For more than 25 years, Afghan farmers did not have access to agricultural credit, seriously constraining the growth of farming. DAI is managing a $100 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) grant to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to provide credit to farmers, who repay their loans after their harvests.

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Afghanistan—Alternative Development Program/Eastern Region (ADP/E)

In 2004, the eastern provinces of Afghanistan cultivated approximately one-third of Afghanistan’s opium poppy. Nangarhar alone had 28,000 hectares—a 44 percent increase in area from 2003, and more than 70 percent of the households were involved in the illicit poppy economy, double the national average. In 2005, after a strong enforcement campaign by the governor, the poppy-growing area was reduced by 90 percent.

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Afghanistan—Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Development Enterprise (ABADE)

Working under a subcontract to IESC, we are supporting ABADE by addressing regulatory and procedural barriers, particularly those identified by our partner businesses and alliances.

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Afghanistan—Assistance to Legislative Bodies of Afghanistan (ALBA)

The Assistance to Legislative Bodies of Afghanistan (ALBA) aims to prepare both houses of Parliament for greater self-reliance in light of the upcoming 2014 transition. The program provides issue-based assistance that focuses training and capacity building on actual bills or policies that Members of Parliament (MPs) and staff are addressing.

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Afghanistan—Immediate Needs Project Nangarhar (AINP)

In 2004, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a national plan to create meaningful alternative livelihoods and assist the Afghan people in developing a licit economy; this immediate needs project (AINP) was its first step.

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Afghanistan—Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East and West (IDEA-NEW)

Afghan farmers cultivate opium poppy because they need to feed their families—and for many poor rural Afghans, poppy growing is the only reliable source of cash, credit, and access to cropland. IDEA-NEW is dissuading Afghans from growing poppy by increasing access to licit, commercially viable, alternative sources of income.

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Afghanistan—Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD)

When this project launched in 2006, the insurgency was intensifying in Afghanistan and would soon escalate into violence. Our mission on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was crucial: encourage communities in the most volatile parts of the country to turn away from the insurgency and toward the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan—Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations, Regional Command East (RAMP UP East)

Afghan municipalities have long suffered from underinvestment, limited support, low revenues, and weak institutional capacity. As a result, services and infrastructure in municipalities are minimal.

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Afghanistan—Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations, Regional Command North (RAMP UP North)

Afghan municipalities have long suffered from underinvestment, limited support, low revenues, and weak institutional capacity. As a result, services and infrastructure in municipalities are minimal. Only 10 percent of urban dwellers have piped water systems; 20 percent have consistent city power, and 14 percent lack any access to electricity. Inadequate sanitation services result in high rates of infant mortality. Community and social amenities are deteriorated or absent.

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Afghanistan—Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations, Regional Command West (RAMP UP West)

The Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations, Regional Command West (RAMP UP West) project helps the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) establish capable, legitimate governance at the municipal level in all four provincial capitals under ISAF Regional Command West, Herat, Farah, Chagcharan, and Qala-e-Naw. Its primary customers are municipal officials—mayors, revenue officers, engineers—and the citizens that benefit from municipal services.

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Afghanistan—Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ASMED)

ASMED supported small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the major drivers of Afghanistan’s economic development. Through support for investment, technology, and business development services, ASMED improved private sector productivity by expanding SMEs and increasing employment. ASMED collaborated with Afghan private sector and international partners in key sectors such as agribusiness, carpets, marble, gemstones, and business services.

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Afghanistan—Stability in Key Areas-North (SIKA-North)

Partnering primarily with the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and with line departments in Northern Afghanistan, we work through and for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, whose district officials plan, design, implement, and monitor projects targeted at improving service provision and stability.

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Afghanistan—Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO)

DAI is aiding the TFBSO in Afghanistan by establishing a private equity fund for small and medium-sized enterprises, developing an investment pipeline to them, and facilitating targeted technical assistance. The project will also work to facilitate larger investment opportunities for larger Afghan enterprises.

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African, Caribbean and Pacific–European Union Microfinance Programme

In the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, 71 percent of adults lack access to a bank account with a financial institution. Microfinance—basic financial services for the poor—enables low-income and rural people to make safe and sensible economic decisions on loans, savings, money transfers, and microinsurance.

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