USAID’s Digital Inclusion practice works to expand access to affordable, reliable connectivity services by providing technical assistance, driving inclusive policy and infrastructure development, and creating tools and model performance indicators that both Missions and private investors can use to facilitate investment into new connectivity business models and support countries on their journey to self-reliance.

Mobile and digital technologies have revolutionized the way we interact with the world around us. Thanks to the rapid proliferation of these technologies, we are more globally connected and open to innovative ideas than ever before.
Yet, despite the unprecedented expansion of digital technologies over the last decade, approximately 1 in 3 people in areas where USAID works are not online—leaving over 4 billion people without the life-changing opportunities that the internet provides. This digital divide limits women’s empowerment, slows economic growth, leaves communities at risk of instability, and closes the door to innovation in education, health, governance, and other services essential for countries to continue their journey to self-reliance.
By leveraging USAID policy experience, relationships with national governments and technical capacity, the Digital Inclusion team enables a more inclusive digital ecosystem - one that incentivizes expansion of mobile and internet services into new areas, encourages innovative access models, improves the affordability of service and supports user demand. To help bridge the digital divide, USAID's Digital Inclusion team focuses on creating enabling environments and supporting connectivity programs.
About USAID's Center for Digital Development

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. Together with our partners, USAID works 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. To learn more about our work, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter.