The rapid development and adoption of digital technology are transforming industries, governments, economies, and societies. Digital ecosystems hold immense potential to help people live more free and prosperous lives. At the same time, digital transformation comes with the risk of increasing inequality, repression, and instability.
USAID’s Digital Strategy will position the Agency to advance its mission - to end the need for foreign assistance - through digitally-supported programming that fosters partner countries’ self-reliance and maximizes the benefits, while managing the risks that digital technology introduces into the lives of the communities we serve.
The Digital Strategy centers around two core, mutually-reinforcing objectives:
The Digital Investment Tool is intended to support USAID staff in concretely integrating the Principles for Digital Development into programmatic digital systems through a participatory process with relevant stakeholders. The tool can be used throughout the program cycle, but is tailored for use during work planning and implementation. Use of this resource will support robust development of digital systems that are effective, sustainable, and support the self-reliance of local partners that own and operate these systems.