Center for Digital Acceleration

DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration builds on DAI’s decades of experience to design and deploy innovative, user-centered digital tools that drive change across emerging markets.

Digital Strategy

CDA builds digital strategies that help clients understand and integrate new opportunities, technology partners, and emerging digital tools. We provide advisory services to build digital strategies, by combining DAI’s more than 20 years of experience implementing new technology in emerging markets with real-time data and analysis of broader political, economic, and social trends.

Our experts travel to emerging markets, drawing upon DAI’s extensive professional networks to identify private sector, government, civil society, and other key stakeholders. Efficiency and thoroughness are key tenets of our approach, creating strategies that lay the groundwork for successful implementation of digital and innovation programming.

Our Experts


As the head of DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration, Krista Baptista is responsible for leading the team, advancing the Center’s strategy, and delivering on project commitments to high-quality digital work.

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With a consistent focus on the integration of user-centered design in digital development, Talia conducts digital strategic analyses, manages digital projects, and supports the Center for Digital Acceleration in its innovation work, for example by managing the implementation of digital prizes and challenges.

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Nancy Haugh is a Digital Associate at DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration.

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Kate Heuisler is a Principal Digital and Innovation Advisor.

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Bobby Jefferson, a leader in the field of information and communications technology for development, works to expand DAI’s range of digital health services.

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Chloe Messenger is a Senior Consultant within DAI’s dedicated Center for Digital Acceleration, working across business units and donors to help integrate new technologies into development work.

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Galia Nurko is an Associate Digital Specialist at DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration.

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Alejandro Solis brings extensive experience working on development projects across Central America and the Caribbean.

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Miriam Stankovich has rich research experience in leading complex projects in data protection and governance, intellectual property and technology law, regulatory impact assessment of emerging technologies (AI, Blockchain, IoT, Virtual/Augmented Reality, and 3D Printing), and technology transfer.

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Anand Varghese helps DAI’s projects integrate ICT into their activities and build partnerships with local technology companies.

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Our Projects


Ukraine—Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Activity

The activity strengthens Ukraine’s long-term cyber resilience through mutually reinforcing activities addressing legal, policy, institutional, workforce, and market gaps.

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Iraq—Governance and Performance Accountability (IGPA)/Takamul

The Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability (IGPA)/Takamul project supports the Iraqi Government to shore up fiscal stability while rapidly and visibly improving service delivery.

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Ghana—Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC)

DAI helped Kosmos Energy to design, launch, and implement the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) program as part of the oil and gas company’s corporate social investment strategy in Ghana.

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