DAI began working in Pakistan in 1982 and formalized its corporate presence there with the launch of DAI Pakistan in 2009. Our Islamabad-based team manages DAI’s marketing and business development initiatives countrywide, and assists in the design and implementation of projects.
DAI’s work history in Pakistan encompasses economic and agricultural development, water and irrigation management, microfinance, narcotics awareness and control, fiscal decentralization, legislative strengthening, and other sectors. Clients include the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the U.K. Department for International Development.
DAI therefore taps a wealth of experience and professional and personal relationships in Pakistan. In implementing more than 30 short- and long-term assignments in country, we have helped Pakistani leaders connect with their constituents and budget more wisely, assisted citizens and journalists to participate more attentively in civic affairs, and helped farmers grow more productive crops, among other results. We are currently executing projects in some of Pakistan’s most peaceful cities and villages, as well as in its most challenging environments based on the learning and experience DAI has in counterinsurgency approaches towards development.
DAI Pakistan is staffed by Pakistanis whose development experience reaches from the country’s grassroots to its senior levels of government and the donor community. They have access to the local resources and connections to the broader institutions and networks that can be engaged to facilitate development projects on the ground. Seamlessly integrated into DAI’s global organization, they bring the full weight of DAI’s world class project management and technical expertise to bear on the full spectrum of Pakistan’s development challenges.