USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA)

Since 1970, DAI GLOBAL, LLC has 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. 

Our economic growth work brings together the right mix of industry dynamics to unleash broad and inclusive growth. Focusing on commercial sustainability, and building on the fundamental belief that small businesses and farmers play vital roles in the value chains at the heart of developing economies, we work to improve domestic and global market access, forge links between companies, enhance workforce productivity, expand access to finance, and boost local value. Our programs seek to leave behind adaptive commercial systems that provide ordinary citizens with concrete opportunities to build better lives for themselves, their communities, and their nations. As incomes rise, so do the structures—and the courage—to demand accountability from government officials, especially in the development of predictable, internationally competitive business environments.

USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), implemented by DAI GLOBAL LLC, empowers business and community development in  eastern Ukraine. The project works, in  particular, with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in  manufacturing and engineering sectors to  promote innovations, and expand to  new markets across Ukraine, the European Union, and other destinations.

The purpose of the USAID Economic Resilience Activity is to improve the overall economic resilience of eastern Ukraine and the Sea of Azov region in response to Russia’s aggression, which has disrupted critical market linkages, catalyzed the economic decline of previously dominant industries, and caused massive population disruption. This activity aims to improve the economic resilience of eastern Ukraine through accomplishing the following objectives:

  1. Inclusion: building the capabilities of vulnerable populations to capitalize on entrepreneurial and MSME economic opportunities;
  2. Growth: helping micro, small, and medium businesses innovate, invest, and expand markets; and
  3. Transformation: working with coalitions and leaders to articulate a vision for the future and put in place a modern, diverse, and SME-friendly economy.

By accomplishing these objectives, the economy of eastern Ukraine will be more diversified, more integrated with the rest of Ukraine and the region’s residents will be better equipped to compete for the jobs of the future, thereby improving the economic resilience of the region.