DAI works on the frontlines of international development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.


We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. We work with a wide range of clients, including national and local governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, private corporations, and philanthropies.


Since 1970, we have worked in more than 150 countries—delivering results across the spectrum of international development contexts, from stable societies and high-growth economies to challenging environments racked by political or military conflict.

Global Impact

We partner with local people and institutions on scores of projects worldwide.

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Catalyzing Economic Growth

Our project—which aimed to improve Cambodia’s business friendliness and economic vitality—touched the lives of 1.3 million people in its second phase alone.

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Finding What Works

“DAI made drastic steps forward in measuring impact, marking the new way forward in measuring project impact in stabilization effectiveness.” - USAID

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Better Data Transfer Reinforces Kenya’s Hunger Safety Net

The traditional pastoralists of northern Kenya are increasingly challenged by the changing climate. Most of the land they inhabit is classified arid or semi-arid and prone to droughts which, in recent years, have become almost annual. Seventy-four percent of the people—much higher than the national average—live below the national poverty line, with poverty rates highest in the most arid counties of Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, and Turkana. The struggles for those in Wajir and Mandera are compounded by the effects of insecurity from neighboring Somalia.

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DAI offers rewarding careers for talented technical, managerial, and support professionals.