Diia in DC event

Olena Liashenko
May 23, 2023

Today our USUF team joined USAID - US Agency for International Development and the Ukraine Ministry of Digital Transformation for the first-ever in DC event at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power, Ukraine Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova, and New York Magazine Editor-at-Large Kara Swisher featured Diia in DC.

This event featured the achievements of Ukraine in digital development, the implementation of innovative technologies, the fight against corruption, and the promotion of the accessibility of administrative services for every citizen.

Diia app was launched in Ukraine in 2022. It provides Ukrainians with ID documents, allows them to register businesses, and obtain various government services online. It has already shown its effectiveness in a war when there are millions of internally displaced citizens in the country, and many of them do not have access to public services. Meanwhile, a smartphone is always at hand. All necessary documents are in it, even if the house was destroyed. Also, the Diia helps the government maintains contact with citizens who stay in the temporarily occupied territory - they have access to all administrative services and Ukrainian television and radio as well.

As USAID Administrator Samantha Power told Axios, the US wants to help to replicate the success of an e-governance app used in Ukraine in other countries.

This event does not discuss the immediate implementation of Diia app in the American public administration or elsewhere. Currently, USAID is initiating discussions with other countries regarding the potential use of Diia analogs to develop their e-government systems.

This initiative is part of the US effort to build democracy worldwide.