In addition to working directly with USAID Bureaus and Missions, the Digital Inclusion team engages with the connectivity community in order to strengthen the broader enabling environment. These activities include forming partnerships, alliances, private sector engagement, and building tools and research to close market information gaps. Our 'enablers' work is currently focused on two specific topics: closing the gender digital divide and ensuring last-mile connectivity. For more information on our work around these topics please click here:
For previous examples of our work, please see below.
Through a combination of advocacy, research, and knowledge-sharing, the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) aims to help connect the two-thirds of people in developing countries who do not have access to the internet. A4AI is currently working with the governments of Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, the Dominican Republic, and Burma to expand internet access to over 200 million people. In each country, A4AI has created multi-stakeholder coalitions that include the public sector, private sector, and civil society, drawing on their collective voice to advocate for specific policy reforms that will bring down the cost of internet access.
In 2011, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the GSMA and Visa Inc. launched a three-year partnership to increase mobile phone ownership among women in the developing world. The mWomen program enabled women to effectively use mobile phone to access life-enhancing information, networks and services - such as banking, education and healthcare through a series of projects and innovation challenge grants.