DAI has had a base in the UK since 2006 for supporting global curriculum development and training and for fundraising. In 2020 DAI’s focus in the UK was expanded to provide leadership training and coaching within the UK itself. The desire is to provide opportunities for leaders of different ethnicities and cultures to come together to explore the skills and behaviours of a true servant leader, to provide safe spaces to study, debate, imagine and reflect together and to learn from one another.
This element of DAI’s ministry in the UK is embryonic but has a real sense of energy and purpose. New workshops and courses are scheduled throughout the year and partnerships are being forged with a number of agencies and Church groups to facilitate joint working, and the efficient use of resources.
Given the coronavirus pandemic workshops are being held online and particularly popular has been the Culture, Ethnicity and Diversity course.
Together the two undertook nearly three years of global research to identify the greatest areas of leadership growth needed by Christian leaders in the majority world to effectively transform their communities.
Over the next five years the curriculum was created, field-tested, modified and retested. It began to become clear that interactive, story-based learning focused on asking the leader questions and requiring application enabled leaders to change. This method put the focus on learning and transformation of the leader and his or her leadership practices. Staff and volunteers were recruited, including men and women with expertise in the most critical fields, and the ministry began to expand. In 1996, the organization adopted the name Development Associates International (DAI). Link to the global site.