Enhancing Digital Development – Internet Governance Tanzania’s Feedback on USAID’s Policy

In April 2020, USAID launched its Digital Strategy, aiming to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by the ever-evolving digital landscape. This strategy seeks to equip the USAID workforce, empower partners, and shape effective programming to support partner countries on their digital transformation journeys. In recent development, the Digital Strategy was shared to the public open for feedback – where reviewers could submit it as an individual, individual organization or coordinated groups such as coalitions and alliances.

As part of its ongoing advocacy work, the Internet Governance Tanzania working group has submitted feedback on the USAID Digital Strategy, highlighting on five key issues and areas of improvement.

About the USAID Digital Strategy

The USAID Digital Strategy, launched in April 2020, serves as a comprehensive blueprint for navigating the complexities of development in the digital age. Siting from the Strategy – It encompasses a vision to equip USAID and its partners with the necessary tools and approaches to harness the potential of digital technologies effectively. The Digital strategy underscores the agency’s commitment to enhancing development and humanitarian assistance outcomes by leveraging digital innovations to strengthen inclusive, open, secure, and rights-respecting digital ecosystems globally. Through a deliberate and holistic approach, the strategy aims to empower USAID staff and partners to navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape, shape effective programming, and support partner countries on their digital transformation journeys.

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The Motivation Behind Internet Governance’s Feedback Submission

The motivation behind Internet Governance’s feedback submission stems from a commitment to ensuring that the USAID Digital Strategy effectively addresses the unique needs and challenges facing Tanzania’s digital development landscape. Recognizing the significance of inclusive and contextually relevant policies in driving sustainable change, the Internet Governance Tanzania working group actively engaged in providing constructive feedback which raised five key issues.

By offering insights and perspectives from the Tanzanian context, the group aims to enhance the strategy’s alignment with local priorities and objectives. This collaborative effort reflects a shared commitment to advancing digital development in Tanzania and promoting meaningful partnerships between USAID and local stakeholders. Through their feedback submission, Internet Governance Tanzania seeks to contribute to the creation of a more inclusive, responsive, and impactful digital strategy’s framework that fosters equitable access to digital opportunities and drives positive development outcomes in the region.

To get a glimpse on more about the Internet Governance Tanzania Working group read below articles:-

  • The Internet Governance Working Group in Tanzania, Read.
  • Propelling Internet Governance Policy Reforms in Tanzania, Read.