Three young Muslim women use laptop in work meeting

Digital inclusion is essential to equitable development. Lack of access to affordable and reliable internet connections is a critical barrier to development for nearly three billion people around the world, with women and girls, people with disabilities and other people who experience discrimination and exclusion most impacted. Once online, marginalised people often struggle with a lack of (digital) literacy and skills, with negative impacts on their ability to study and earn a living. Simultaneously, online violence is disproportionately targeted at women, girls, and gender and sexual minorities, and governments are often ill-equipped to address this. 

SDDirect has an in-depth experience and knowledge of access and differential benefits and the potential harms. Our staff have a range of expertise in themes related to digital inclusion, including:  

  • How to prevent and respond to online gender-based violence 

  • How investments can promote women’s digital access and inclusion 

  • How technology can be harnessed to support people with disabilities 

  • How artificial intelligence can be adapted to reduce its gender and social biases

If you would like to hear more about our work in this area, please reach out to Kavita Kalsi, Senior Technical Expert and lead on our Digital Portfolio,

Digital Access Programme (DAP)

The Digital Access Programme (DAP) is a four year, £59m programme jointly funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the  Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMA) to catalyse more inclusive, affordable, safe and secure digital access for excluded and underserved communities in