Development Alternatives Incorporated

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Group.png Development Alternatives Incorporated  
(Development agency, CIA frontWebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
DAI logo.png
Founder• Charles Franklin Sweet
• Donald R. Mickelwait
• John M. Buck
HeadquartersBethesda, Maryland
Private development company doubling as CIA front

DAI Global, LLC is a private development company based in Bethesda, Maryland, US with additional corporate offices in London and Hemel Hempstead in the United Kingdom.

Official narrative

DAI operates worldwide, with a particularly strong presence in Central America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region. It has worked in 160 developing and transition countries in the areas of water and natural resources management, energy and climate change, governance and public sector management, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, agriculture and agribusiness, crisis mitigation and stability operations, and HIV/AIDS and avian influenza control.

CIA front

DAI has long been suspected of being a CIA front group.

In 2009 DAI agent Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba and sentenced to 15 years in prison for spying, espionage, and his part in efforts to destabilize the government.[1]

DAI was contracted in June 2002 by USAID to manage a multimillion dollar contract in Venezuela, just two months after the failed coup d’etat against President Hugo Chávez. Prior to this date, USAID had no operations in Venezuela, not even an office in the Embassy. DAI was charged with opening the Office for Transition Initiatives (OTI), a specialized branch of USAID that manages large quantities of liquid funds destined for organizations and political parties favorable toWashington in countries of strategic interest that are undergoing political crises.[2].

Ex CIA officer Phillip Agee affirmed that DAI, USAID and NED "are instruments of the US Embassy and behind these three organizations is the CIA."[2]


In 2015, it received USD 272,429,308} of contract funding by USAID to deliver development services; in 2014, it received £58.3 million from the U.K. Department for International Development for such services.[3]

Clients of DAI include development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and governments. Among them: United States Agency for International Development, European Commission, U.K. Department for International Development, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of State, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid), World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Food Programme, Asian Development Bank, and various private companies and national governments.