The Development Innovations Group (DIG) is a private, international firm committed to fostering innovative solutions in the fields of financial services for the poor, urban and community services, and fund management. The strategy is to augment the inherent strengths of local communities, entrepreneurs, and private sector organizations with DIG’s global development expertise to spur dynamic, locally-driven development. DIG works in developing and transitioning economies, as well as in post-emergency and post-conflict settings. The key partners include private financial institutions, government agencies, donor organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The Development Innovations Group is dedicated to excellence in management, program design, training, research, and advisory services. They believe that financial services for the poor and urban and community services are mutually reinforcing pillars upon which communities can build a platform for sustained economic growth and improved social well-being. Fund management plays a pivotal role in bolstering these development pillars by supporting the activities of development-focused enterprises.
Today, DIG implements activities in transitioning and developing economies, as well as post-disaster and post-conflict settings throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. DIG has more than 50 staff worldwide. They maintain management offices in: Metropolitan Washington, D.C., USA; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Nairobi, Kenya, allowing closer proximity and faster response time to address the needs of the clients. DIG’s primary clients and partners include multi- and bi-lateral development agencies, private sector institutions, foundations, and non-governmental organizations.
Uniting their diverse backgrounds and expertise, the founders of the Development Innovations Group created a company that offers cutting-edge solutions in commercial financing and the delivery of basic services for the urban poor. DIG was established in February 2005 by Franck Daphnis, Delila Khaled, Ruby AlSalem, and Dr. Mayada Baydas. Originally from developing countries, the four founders worked together for many years prior to establishing DIG. The partners bring a robust set of skills across a broad range of technical areas including: housing finance; microfinance; urban management and local government capacity building; community development; infrastructure improvement and basic service delivery; municipal finance; and employment generation. DIG embraces the founders' common passion for development: achieving poverty reduction through innovative, commercially-viable, and replicable solutions.
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