Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI)

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The Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) is USAID’s central resource for providing world-class technical assistance to its Missions. DDI is a leader in the Agency’s efforts to further partner countries on their Journeys to Self-Reliance, and houses technical leadership on 13 of the 17 self-reliance metrics. DDI’s cross-cutting, global perspective will enable the Agency to anticipate and respond to evolving trends and issues, catalyze innovation and financing, and broaden our partnership base, all with the goal of sustainably meeting USAID’s development and humanitarian goals.

DDI comprises four Centers and five Hubs. The Centers serve as USAID’s leaders for technical assistance in democracy and governance, economics and market development, education, energy, environment, human rights, and infrastructure.  The Hubs provide Missions with expert guidance and training on cross-cutting development priorities, including women’s empowerment and gender equality, innovation, technology and research, private-sector engagement, while increasing USAID’s partnerships with diverse organizations, such as local and faith-based groups.

Centers and Hubs

DDI’s Centers advance high-priority areas within specific development sectors, while Hubs focus on cross-cutting and sector-agnostic priorities. 



Don Chisholm
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Director of the Center for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance
Harry Bader
Deputy Assistant Administrator

Last updated: January 19, 2021

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