Systems Analytic Framework for the Digital Economy (SAF-DE)

  • Date Posted: January 7, 2022

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For enterprises across the globe, the Internet has become an increasingly essential platform for business transactions and growth. Recognizing that e-commerce represents a powerful tool for private sector development, particularly among Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), USAID enlisted the LPFM II project to meet growing demand for context-appropriate information and solutions. Through the Systems Analytic Framework for the Digital Economy (the “SAF-DE”), USAID can now help economies at all stages of development navigate the challenges of creating an inclusive, sustainable environment for trade in goods, services, and digital content through electronic means.

The SAF-DE is a diagnostic tool that allows USAID to take a rapid “snapshot” of the enabling environments for digital trade and help economies create an agenda for capturing opportunities and addressing constraints. Drawn from U.S. policy objectives and international best practice, the SAF-DE is designed for agility of implementation. The tool consists of nine sections, each addressing key components of a digital economy (Figure 1). Each section can be analyzed from a broad policy perspective or through “deep dives” into law and regulation, institutional capabilities, or even political economy analysis. The SAF-DE further integrates issues of importance to women or traditionally disenfranchised groups. The tool helps countries understand their strengths, opportunities, and needs and further supports data-informed prioritizing and sequencing of reforms or interventions.


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