USAID Catalyst Awards: Digital Development Award

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Digital Development Award

USAID is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Digital Development Awards. Click here to submit your application (link is external)The application deadline is July 13, 2018.

The winners of the 2017 Digital Development Awards were:

  • USAID/Philippines: Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+Wiser)

  • USAID/Ethiopia and Feed the Future: Digital Integration to Amplify Agricultural Extension

  • USAID/West Africa: Sanitation Service Delivery/Clean Team Mobile Money Transition

  • USAID/Ghana: Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Project (ADVANCE II)

  • USAID/Uganda: Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity

Learn more about each of the winning projects.

What is the Digital Development Award?

Like railways and roads before it, the ongoing digital revolution is unleashing waves of innovation and transforming the way in which businesses, consumers, and governments operate and interact with each other. This new-found access to information and services is empowering individuals, opening new channels for delivering more effective and scalable services from governments and the private sector, spurring greater participation in the formal economy, and enabling a more adaptive, data-driven approach to decision making.

USAID has a long and rich tradition of transforming development through innovation. In an effort to celebrate USAID Missions, Bureaus and partners that embrace cutting-edge technologies and novel approaches to data analysis to accelerate impact, USAID’s Global Development Lab sponsored the Catalyst Awards - featuring the Digital Development Award (the Digis). The Digis recognize USAID projects and activities that embrace best practices in the application and utilization of digital technologies and data-driven approaches to achieve their development objectives.

What did we look for in an application?

The Digital Development Award (the Digis) recognize recent or current USAID-funded activities across the following categories:


  • Integrated digital technologies or services into a USAID activity that contributed in a measurable way toward achieving the development objective(s)


  • Used up-to-date information or data to enable adaptive or iterative decision-making that led to improved development outcomes


  • Applied advanced data and geographic analysis that led to improved strategic planning, design, monitoring, and/or evaluation of USAID's programs


  • Promoted policy reform, market facilitation, or public good investment that supported greater access to and usage of digital services and data


All USAID and implementing partner staff working on a USAID-funded project, activity or program were eligible to apply on behalf of the activity, regardless of the size, region, or portfolio of the activity.


Last updated: July 12, 2021

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