How The Digital Economy Can Help End Extreme Poverty

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[tc_contributor_byline slug=”ann-mei-chang”]

When I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recently as part of the U.S. government’s delegation to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, I was struck by how much the international development landscape is changing.

Where governments were once the primary source of development assistance, today the private sector, civil society, academia and donors are all working together to discover, fund and scale innovative solutions to longtime development challenges.

Some of these solutions have already resulted in transformative innovations that have improved development outcomes.

[tc_writerquote align=”right”]Building the skills and ecosystem to participate in the fast-growing digital economy is likely one of the most powerful drivers for future employment and economic prosperity. [/tc_writerquote]

As we at USAID (United States Agency for International Development) work together with our partners to meet the ambitious goal of eliminating extremepoverty for roughly 1.2 billion people, increased funding will not get…

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