Digital Literacy

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Incorporating digital literacy into development programming is central to the Agency’s approach to “help partners navigate opportunity and risk” and strengthen the security and resilience of partner country digital ecosystems. USAID will increase our efforts to improve digital literacy of the communities in which we work to advance development.

Digital literacy is the ability to access, manage, understand, integrate, communicate, evaluate, and create information safely and appropriately through digital devices and networked technologies for participation in economic, social, and political life. Competencies such as computer literacy, information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, information literacy, media literacy, and cyber hygiene are important components of digital literacy. 

USAID’s approach to increase equitable access to digital technology, particularly among vulnerable and marginalized communities, must extend beyond access to physical devices and infrastructure and ensure that users possess a nuanced set of skills to meaningfully, responsibly, and safely participate in their digital ecosystem. Building this set of competencies is central to ensuring that the benefits of the digital revolution are available to all members of society.

To learn more, check out the Digital Literacy Primer.

Last updated: May 03, 2022

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