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USAID programs are utilizing digital technology more than ever before – and the rapid expansion of mobile and internet access in the developing world holds the promise of becoming a platform for resilient economic and social growth.
However, as USAID programs become more dependent upon digital technology, the availability and cost of connectivity is becoming a significant barrier to fully realizing that vision. Where connectivity is not available, or where it is priced high, USAID partners must work with USAID Missions, governments, and service providers to find market based solutions to overcome digital connectivity barriers.
The Better Connectivity, Better Programs: How to Implement a Demand Aggregation Program (How-to Guide) is designed to enable USAID personnel to support Implementing Partners (IPs) in obtaining access to affordable telecommunications services including broadband.