Allana Nelson

How Governments can use the Digital Principles to Enable Digital Transformation

In September 2018, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) published the SDG Digital Investment Framework in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This framework calls on governments, donors, technology providers, and development practitioners to take a whole-of-society[1] and whole-of-government approach[2] to investing in and implementing digital technologies. The framework is a tool that governments and their […]

Overcoming the Digital Gender Divide: Profile of a Youth Innovator

On this Throwback Thursday, I wanted to take you back to the time I met this inspiring young woman, Aisha Abdul-Qadir, at the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Youth Unconference in Kigali, Rwanda. Aisha is a youth ambassador for DOT, an organization that engages young people around the world using digital technologies to transform their communities […]

Practicing the Principles of Digital Development in East Africa: Dar es Salaam 2017

On Oct. 12, 2017, a diverse group of over 100 digital development professionals gathered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to discuss how to put the Principles for Digital Development into practice within the context of East Africa’s rapid growth. This event was the first event in a three-part series of events organized by the Digital […]

DIAL as Steward for the Principles for Digital Development

When digital technology became more accessible in the developing world more than a decade ago, international development organizations began seeking new ways to include digital tools in their programming for improved outcomes. These efforts were initially quite successful: significant advancements occurred in various sectors such as health and agriculture, more communities around the globe were […]

(Link Now Available) Opportunity for Public Comment: New Principles for Digital Development Content and Resources

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is excited to announce the opportunity for public review and comment on the new Principles for Digital Development content prior to its formal publication in October. The content is designed for implementing organizations and is the product of an extensive content development process, including focus group discussions and interviews with […]

Youth Entrepreneurs and Digital Development

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Youth Unconference in Kigali, Rwanda. The Unconference served as a platform for over 100 youths from 10 countries in the DOT network to come together and learn from each other’s experiences on ways to improve the impact of their social enterprises. To say these […]

Are We Closing the Digital Gender Gap?

I recently had the opportunity to attend two events that asked tough questions about engaging women and youth in the global digital revolution. The first event, hosted by Tech Salon DC, brought development technology leaders together in Washington, D.C. to discuss progress that has been made in closing the digital gender gap and what challenges […]

Overcoming the Digital Gender Divide: International Girls in ICT Day

In early 2016 I visited a tech hub in Freetown, Sierra Leone that had been established by a young innovator who was passionate about advancing technology in his home country. The Sensi Tech Hub was a center of digital learning and entrepreneurship in a city that was still overcoming the devastating effects of Ebola. What […]