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.

Human Centered Design

Digital tools fall short of expectations when they are designed for users, rather than with them. CDA understands that collaboration with the user and local partners is essential to designing sustainable and scalable digital tools. Combined with the results of our Frontier Insights research, we employ a human-centered design process to understand the needs, behavior, and sentiments of end-users. Through an iterative design approach, we help clients create digital tools that are data-driven, flexible, and built for sustainability across emerging markets.

Our Experts


Chloe Carrington 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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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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As Senior Director of DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration, Anand Varghese leads a team of researchers and policy analysts who help donor clients integrate digital technology into their work and strengthen digital ecosystems around the world.

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Our Projects


Honduras—Justice, Human Rights, and Security Strengthening Activity (Unidos por la Justicia)

The Justice, Human Rights, and Security Strengthening Activity (Unidos por la Justicia) works with local partners to improve citizen engagement with the security and justice sectors; enhance the efficiency of the judicial system; and increase the effectiveness of community police.

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Guatemala—Nexos Locales

Nexos Locales works with municipalities in Guatemala’s Western Highlands to foster more responsive, inclusive, and effective socio-economic development while reducing local vulnerabilities such as food insecurity and natural disasters. To achieve this goal, the project works at the intersection—or nexos—of good governance.

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Central America—Regional Climate Change Program (RCCP) (Programa Regional de Cambio Climatico—PRCC)

This regional initiative identified solutions and action plans to permit the countries and territories of Central America and the Dominican Republic to respond to the effects of climate change.

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