Collaborating with hundreds of institutional partners around the world, DAI is working to bring about transformational development on many levels—for regions and nations, companies and communities, families and individuals. Here are some of their stories.
Agricultural Credit: Delivering the Development Promise in Afghanistan
Following 10 years of foreign assistance, Afghan farmers have acquired the knowledge to increase productivity and improve produce, but access to finance was, until recently, a binding constraint. Lack of access to agricultural credit was preventing farmers from putting newly acquired knowledge into practice. Against all odds, the Agricultural development fund (ADF) is providing thousands of farmers and agribusinesses with loans for everything from buying certified seed to building farm equipment.
Project Helps Vietnam Cut Red Tape, Hone Competitiveness, and Boost Economic Growth
A DAI-led project in Vietnam that touched the lives of 60,000 private businesspeople, partnered with five government entities, and many more institutions and groups has come to a close after 10 years. The Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative (USAID/VNCI), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development in two phases, started in 2003 with the goal of redefining the concepts of governance and competitiveness in Vietnam by supporting high-priority, complex initiatives in regulatory reform and infrastructure development.
USAID and DAI help Serbian Youth Realize Innovative Business Ideas
Sanja Knezevic presented her business plan with confidence. She argued that the addition of a conference facility to a new tourist complex in the rural, southern Serbian village of Latkovac would increase off-season occupancy nearly 300 percent. The young entrepreneur explained how additional revenue would finance other planned projects for Ethno Village, a small tourist enterprise she founded and owns. She aims to draw people from across the region attracted by its art, theater, music, and environmental programs. If Sanja could acquire additional funding for her plan, five employees could count on year-round employment. More workers might also be hired.
Urban Gardens Program Closes With Dramatic Results For Ethiopian Women and Children
The Urban Gardens Program in Ethiopia ended in September after creating more than 500 community and school vegetable gardens across 20 cities and towns in six provinces. The program worked hand-in-hand with 51 local partner organizations to train community gardeners on innovative, yet practical, agricultural approaches, good nutrition, and savings. Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the project helped marginalized, HIV-affected women and children by improving their health and financial stability.
Haitian Farmers See Increased Income While Better Managing Their Natural Resources
A wide-ranging project aimed at improving Haiti’s natural resource management and the lives of hillside farmers marked its close last month with a number of major successes—including higher incomes for farmers and the formation of a regional forum to carry on improving farm production while protecting natural resources. The five-year project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), focused on six major components in two watersheds—and pivoted midstream to support relief efforts in the wake of Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake.
Serbia Project Winds Down on High Note, With Opening of First Halal Shop
In late 2011, the DAI-led Preparedness, Planning, and Economic Security (PPES) project invited 15 companies—which all showed potential for growth and a commitment to invest their own time and money—to participate in the business support component of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project. That component, and the rest of the project, has now wound down after helping 204 companies generate sales growth that averaged 36 percent between 2008 and 2012.
USAID Project Catalyzes Economic Growth, Reaches More Than 1 Million Cambodians
One of DAI’s most wide-reaching economic growth projects marked its close this fall with a remarkable tally of results that speak to the success of an approach based on unleashing the technical knowhow and market linkages already latent in the Cambodian economy. The project—which aimed to improve Cambodia’s business friendliness and economic vitality—touched the lives of 1.3 million people in its four-year second phase alone.
Project Brings Together Divergent Ethnic Groups in Sri Lanka
A film documenting an annual pilgrimage in Sri Lanka shows the promise of peace for an island too long torn apart by war. The film was produced by the DAI-led Reintegration and Stabilization in the East and North (RISEN) project, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI).
Turning a Failing Industry into a World-Class Fashion Center
On March 16, 2005, an unprecedented event took place in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia: a fashion show. The Spring-Summer ’05 Prêt-à-Porter show—an industry-wide collaboration among Armenian designers, apparel manufacturers, and trade companies—showcased the industry’s work to increase interest in, and awareness of, Armenian-made clothing.
Indonesia’s First Poultry Teaching Farms Open in Disease-Control Effort
The spring opening of Tursinameta Poultry Teaching Farm in Bogor, West Java, marks the start of an international-standard disease prevention initiative on commercial broiler-poultry farms.
Boosting Burundi Farming: Burundian Farmers Earn Quality Premiums for Specialty Coffee
Burundi was plagued from 1994 until 2005 by a brutal civil war that devastated the country’s one major farming export—coffee.
Results-Based Financing in Action: Getting Clean Drinking Water to Rural Cambodia
With a small budget and a big goal, a small team of DAI staff was tasked in October 2008 with expanding drinking water in rural Cambodia to 10,000 households in 20 months.
Gaza Company Turns Lemons Into Emerging Business Opportunity
Since Gaza’s borders were blocked in 2007, most of its 1.5 million residents have been forced to live without simple food items such as ketchup, canned tuna, or chocolate snacks. Previously known for fresh seafood, abundant spices, and overall culinary wealth, Gaza has seen many products disappear from its stores’ shelves.
Community Association Honored by UN for Protecting Rare Forest in Madagascar
Leaving behind lasting results is a goal of all development projects. When those lasting results get recognized by the United Nations, it's all the sweeter.
Massive Voter Turnout in Iraqi Elections Boosts Democracy
One could understand if many Iraqis had lost hope. They had been through hell, for years bearing the brunt of political oppression, a devastating invasion, brutal war and insurgency, and vicious sectarian violence. Why would they subscribe to rosy visions of democracy and freedom?