May 17, 2013
Liberian Business Owners Participate in First Trade Fair
The DAI-led Food and Enterprise Development (FED) project in Liberia earlier this month facilitated a trade fair and conference focusing on the private sector—the first time a conference of its kind has ever been held in the country.
May 16, 2013
Gross Family and DAI Settle Case Relating to Cuba Imprisonment
Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) and Judy Gross today announced the settlement of the lawsuit brought by Judy and Alan Gross against DAI in the wake of Alan Gross’s imprisonment by Cuban authorities in December 2009 for his work for DAI to implement the U.S. Government’s Cuba Program.
May 7, 2013
DAI to Host London Workshop: “From Critique to Construction: Next Steps in Making Participation Work for Development”
DAI, in association with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is hosting a workshop convening policymakers, practitioners, and academics to explore the topic, “From Critique to Construction: Next Steps in Making Participation Work for Development,” in London on May 30 at Central Westminster Hall.
May 6, 2013
DAI Welcomes New Board Members, Bids Farewell to Longtime Directors
DAI is delighted to welcome its two newest members of the Board of Directors: Maria Otero and Gail Steinel. At the same time as DAI welcomes its new board members, it bids farewell to two important directors who have been part of the DAI family, collectively, for 79 years. David Gunning and Tony Barclay stepped down from their board positions this month.
April 26, 2013
Youthful Nepal Team Stars in NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
In sheer numbers, the second NASA International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21 made a big splash. More than 9,000 people worldwide—four times as many as last year—dove into the 48-hour hackathon to confront questions of space exploration and social need, churning out some 600 potential solutions. Nowhere was participation more intense than in Kathmandu, Nepal, where 60 software developers, engineers, designers, and technologists comprised 17 teams that, working side by side, devised products including: an all-terrain, GPS-guided, video-equipped rover for disaster response; and a way to more quickly detect potentially dangerous climate-change anomalies using data from space.
April 22, 2013
DAI’s Flouran Wali Recognized for Gender Work in Afghanistan
Flouran Wali, DAI’s business and gender advisor for the DAI-led and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Agricultural Credit Enhancement (ACE) program, was recognized by the Government of Afghanistan for her more than 10 years of work supporting the advancement of women in Afghanistan. Flouran was presented with a certificate of appreciation signed by the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Husn Banu Ghazanfar, in a recent ceremony at the Ministry of Agriculture.
April 15, 2013
Nepal Tech Startup Poised for NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Space enthusiasts, tech wizards, and citizen scientists the world over are prepping for the second International Space Apps Challenge, a 48-hour hackathon led by NASA April 20-21. Their mission: use images from space, open-source data, and earthly know-how to make apps that address climate change and improve life on earth—and beyond.
April 12, 2013
Enabling Communities to Score Their Own Institutions Will Boost Accountability
The critical interface between local government service and local people is to improve accountability where some of the most innovative and imaginative—and brave—citizen-led efforts are taking place. In countries as different as Kenya, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Pakistan, citizens are using community scorecards to weave the golden thread of development into sustained change.
April 12, 2013
Q&A with DAI’s Brigit Helms on Benefits of Bringing Mobile Banking to the Unbanked
There is no doubting the growth in popularity of mobile banking. According to Juniper Research, the market for mobile payments is expected to reach more than $600 billion (£393bn) globally this year—double the figure of February 2011. And many development organizations are riding that telecom wave to reach people who don’t have access to financial institutions. But that doesn’t mean mobile banking is without its challenges.
March 26, 2013
Spring 2013 Developments is Available
In the cover story, Sydney Zharare describes how we used a Making Markets Work for the Poor approach in Mozambique to broker a mutually profitable and hence sustainable partnership between a major poultry operation and struggling local farmers.
March 20, 2013
USAID Launches First Tax Awareness Program for Youth in El Salvador
The Fiscal Policy and Expenditure Management Program will launch the Expresate campaign on March 21 in San Salvador. Expresate, or to “express yourself,” aims to teach future taxpayers that compliance is a social responsibility that—in the long term—fosters economic growth and social development of their country.
March 19, 2013
DAI’s Jim Winkler Elected to American University of Mongolia Board of Directors
DAI’s Vice President of Solutions Jim Winkler on March 14 was elected to the Board of Directors of the newly established American University of Mongolia (AUM).
March 18, 2013
Education Innovation Alliance Seeks Out New Solutions to Pakistan’s Education Emergency
To encourage out-of-the-box thinking and generate commitment among Pakistan’s leading minds and policy influencers on the need to nurture innovative approaches in education, the DAI-led Ilm Ideas project, funded by the U.K. Department for International Development, partnered with an education nonprofit, Developyst, and the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund to bring together leaders from education, government, microfinance, poverty alleviation, and technology sectors to form Pakistan’s first Education Innovation Alliance.
March 14, 2013
DAI CEO Hosts Prime Minister of Libya for Business Luncheon
DAI CEO Jim Boomgard hosted a business association luncheon March 12 honoring His Excellency Ali Zeidan, Prime Minister of Libya, who was in Washington, D.C., for his first official visit.
March 14, 2013
Eighth Provincial Competitiveness Index Gains Wide Support in Vietnam
More than 500 business and government leaders from Vietnam’s 63 cities and provinces gathered March 14 in Hanoi for the launch of the 2012 Provincial Competiveness Index (PCI).