On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Samantha Power spoke about the desire of the United States to spread the success of the Dia app to other countries. According to Power, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided funding to the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation to help develop Dii and improve app security, and provided $8.5 million to expand app services during the war.
Ukraine is ready to share its approach and technologies with other countries, and USAID plans to start discussions with countries on the possibility of using Dii as a template for creating their own applications. As part of the forum, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov discusses this idea with several countries and potential private sector partners who could help with its implementation and scaling. Samantha Power sees these efforts as part of a wider outreach to Democratic reformers around the world.
“We want to look at bright spots, countries that are committed to transparency and anti-corruption, which are against global trends,” Power said. She noted that the Government of Moldova had already expressed interest in Ukraine’s approach to e-government.
Power also looks forward to working with countries in the global south. Given the current economic hurdles, leaders who work to eradicate corruption and improve governance will have an additional opportunity to improve the lives of their citizens, she said. An app that helps citizens pay taxes or access documents without waiting in line for hours could be one tangible improvement, she says.
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When implementing such applications, special attention should be paid to security and privacy. The government could potentially use such an application to track the movements and actions of citizens or manipulate the provision of public services. Power noted that these issues have not yet been fully thought out, USAID approaches them with an awareness of all the risks inherent in the introduction of new information technologies. It is betting that replicating the Dia model will promote access to services, economic growth, and government transparency.
According to Power, the project is in its infancy. So far, $650,000 has been allocated to conduct feasibility studies in countries that have expressed interest, including on factors such as smartphone penetration and regulatory issues.
The Diya app was launched in Ukraine in 2020. It allows citizens to access identity documents, register a business, receive various government services and participate in public opinion polls using a smartphone. The program is constantly expanding functionality, including options that are useful during the war – such as reports of damage from Russian strikes. As of the end of 2022, the Diya app was used by about 18.5 million people, more than half of the adult population of Ukraine.
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