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.

Insights for Emerging Markets

In emerging markets, high-level statistics on the local digital sector are often neither current nor targeted enough to guide programming. CDA helps bridge this knowledge gap for our clients, by employing Frontier Insights, a proprietary research method that identifies users’ technology preferences, financial capacity, infrastructure access, and information collection habits. We meet directly with them to piece together a complex portrait of their daily digital lives, which then informs the design of our digital tools and strategies. In addition to this research, our experts also conduct market research and ecosystem analysis.

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Our Experts


From her early research in cultural anthropology to subsequent work in management consulting, Krista Baptista has always been engaged around ways to do things better and empower entrepreneurs to use new skills and tools.

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Karim Bin-Humam joined DAI in 2015 to help bridge the divide between cutting-edge technology and the needs of poor and vulnerable communities globally.

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At the Center for Digital Acceleration, Rachel identifies, researches, and designs digital development solutions and works on business acquisition.

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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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Adam Fivenson is a human-centered design specialist and innovation strategist at DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration.

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Since joining DAI in 2000, Colleen Green has served as a microfinance specialist providing short-term support to bank downscaling and other programs to benefit micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises

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Chloe Messenger is a 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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Kristen Roggemann has extensive field experience in the Middle East and Africa working on mobile-for-development initiatives in both public and private sector contexts.

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

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Our Projects


Worldwide—Digital Frontiers

Digital Frontiers supports the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for Digital Development in identifying the most successful digital solutions and scaling their impact globally.

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