Scaling Digital Development
DAI implements the $90 million USAID-funded Digital Frontiers project, which works closely with the development community to identify successful and sustainable digital development approaches and scale their impact globally.
About Digital Frontiers
Across the developing world, digital technologies are accelerating change at every level of society. The challenge is that, to date, these solutions have not matched the pace and scale of the problems they address.
Digital Frontiers is a buy-in mechanism available to Bureaus and Missions of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). We work closely with several Bureaus, particularly the USAID Development, Democracy, and Innovations Bureau (DDI) and the Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub (ITR); 35+ USAID Missions; the private sector; and international and local development organizations around the world.
Digital Frontiers works to advance the goals of USAID's Digital Strategy and helps USAID have greater impact across its development portfolio by advancing digital tools and approaches in the areas of digital finance, digital inclusion, cybersecurity, digital literacy, ICT policy, emerging technology, and digital agriculture.
Introducing Her Business, Her Future: An Open Source Training Program for Women Micro-Entrepreneurs
The “Her Business, Her Future,” an open source, global training program designed to build capacity for women micro-entrepreneurs to own and manage their businesses.
All eight modules are available in English, French, Swahili, and Spanish. By downloading the training materials, trainers and participants also have access to shop and character image files, encouraging a fully customizable experience.
Democratizing Digital Landscape Assessment
The Democratizing Digital Landscape Assessment, commissioned by the Conflict, Peace Building and Governance division in the Africa Bureau (AFR/SD/CPG), presents findings to better understand the links between digital development and digital repression in SSA, and potential strategies to counter its rise.
ICT Policy and Cybersecurity
Four Critical Considerations When Developing ICT Policies and Regulations
Across several regions, DAI’s ProICT and ATLATL policy experts, implementing activities under the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP), stressed that practitioners can demonstrate value in the ICT policy development process by building trusted and meaningful relationships with relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries, becoming deeply knowledgeable and respectful of local cultures, norms, laws and challenges, and focusing their expertise on long-term capacity building that can outlast their time in the country.
Digital Ecosystem Country Assessment (DECA) Toolkit
The DECA Toolkit is a step-by-step guide designed to help USAID Mission staff hire and manage a research team to independently conduct high-quality research. DECA findings and recommendations will directly inform Mission decision-making about digital development at both strategic and programmatic levels.
Bridging the gender digital divide for Guatemalan Indigenous women
Read about how the USAID/Microsoft Airband Initiative, implemented by Digital Frontiers, works in collaboration with local partner New Sun Road to increase digital opportunities for Indigenous women in the Alta Verapaz region of rural Guatemala.
The USAID WCC, implemented by DAI, is a global call for solutions to improve women’s participation in everyday life by meaningfully changing the ways women access and use technology. To date, USAID
USAID’s first-ever Digital Strategy charts an Agency-wide approach to development in a rapidly evolving digital age.
Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership
The Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP) is a whole-of-government initiative that aims to: Expand and increase secure Internet access in targeted emerging markets by enabling
Digital Frontiers maintains a library of resources related to and created during various projects and buy-ins. Below you can find three featured resources from our recent work. Browse our resources...
Launched in August 2020, the USAID/Microsoft Airband Initiative is a collaboration between Microsoft Corporation‘s Airband Initiative and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This public-private partnership seeks to bring Internet access
Colombia is, in some ways, a microcosm of the digital world in 2020—highly connected urban centers with a growing technology industry, and vast, underserved rural areas with an immense need for investment and potential for innovation. In the coming years,
This webinar focused on challenges and opportunities for MSMEs related to cybersecurity, as well as practical solutions.
Kenya hosts a dynamic digital ecosystem and has been a longstanding leader in technology innovation across sub-Saharan Africa. The country’s digital ecosystem continues to rapidly evolve. In upcoming years, Kenya’s information and communications technology