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USAID believes a new digital economy is emerging, one that is characterized by new modes of communicating and sharing ideas, conducting business, and enhancing decision-making with data, both ‘big’ and ‘small’. Cheap and ubiquitous information and communication technology tools are unleashing an explosion of new solutions positioned to tackle intractable development challenges. But these innovations will fail to live up to their potential without the right foundations.
The U.S. Global Development Lab’s Digital Development team focuses on such foundations by supporting a coordinated approach that builds upon the momentum behind the digital economy, but in a manner that also facilitates USAID’s development objectives and improved livelihoods on-the-ground. Specifically, we catalyze programs and partnerships in 1) digital finance, 2) inclusive access to digital- and mobile-based information and service delivery, and 3) the use of data collected by digital devices to improve decision-making. To learn more about our work, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter.