Coby Jones

Is there a digital recipe for country resilience?

A year ago, Skye Gilbert, Director, Digital Square, PATH and I wondered whether the COVID-19 pandemic would accelerate the pace of digital transformation, and recommended in a blog post the five most critical investments to ‘build back better’ from the pandemic. They were: Governments must accelerate their digital transformation agendas. Agencies and implementers should adhere […]

Collaborating to measure digital transformation: Sharing DIAL’s draft Digital Transformation Indicator Library for consultation and comment

DIAL is excited to share a draft of our Digital Transformation Indicator Library for comment and consultation. The Indicator Library is a key resource for our work to accelerate country demand for digital transformation and responsible data use. The draft is in a Google Sheet and you can access and provide feedback on it here. […]

DIAL’s Recommendations for the LDC5 Agenda

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation has appreciated the opportunity to submit our comments, via the Virtual Consultation with Civil Society  Representatives, for consideration by the Preparatory Committee on the LDC5 programme agenda. Those comments are reflected below.  Digital technology and data are — as noted in Theme 2 on science, […]

Addressing the unrealized potential of MD4D

Announcing DIAL and Data Pop Alliance’s new online Handbook on Mobile Data for Development (MD4D) Last week, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) and Data Pop Alliance made public a free online handbook on Mobile Data for Development (MD4D), available here on the DIAL Online Catalog, as a result of a 10-month collaboration between both organizations. […]

Procurement of Digital – DIAL guidance now available

In our last blog on public procurement we outlined our findings from a series of stakeholder needs analysis interviews we conducted, suggesting there is often a disconnect between the aspiration of national governments to deliver digital services to their citizens and the suitability of the public mechanisms available to them to achieve their digital transformation goals. We heard regularly throughout the stakeholder interviews that the opportunity to engage in cross-jurisdictional discussion and […]

Procurement of Digital: Can We Simplify Complexity

In July this year, DIAL and Deloitte began work on the development of a toolset to support governments in low resource settings to improve their digital technology procurement outcomes. We actively chose government procurers as the key audience of this toolset because public procurement can be a powerful tool for change, used by governments not only to deliver services to citizens across all […]

Looking Ahead: A Digital Principles Update

This week, our Director of the Digital Principles program, Allana Nelson, announced that she would be leaving DIAL. She announced and reflected on her departure in a post on the Digital Principles blog. Here’s a taste: ‘I have been heartened to witness the Digital Principles move from a niche design framework to a mainstream measure of what good digital development looks like. The community has rallied […]

DIAL: Who we are

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is an independent global alliance funded by leading development agencies and private foundations. DIAL was established in 2015 as a “think, do, replicate” tank. We combine practical research with evidence-based advocacy to advance digital inclusion to achieve the SDGs. DIAL identifies barriers to the routine use of digital solutions and data by development actors (countries, NGOs, […]

5 Things Digital Public Good Software Projects Need to Scale

The need to accelerate progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals has led to investment in digital tools that support social objectives. As this software is increasingly deployed, open source licensing has been widely embraced by countries, the UN system, and international NGOs to avoid vendor lock-in, enable global adoption, while allowing local actors to […]

A Principled Approach to Rural Digital Transformation

Rural communities are disproportionally left behind when it comes to digital services, particularly in the fourth industrial revolution. Niger, which has a large rural population of 84 percent, wanted to ensure that its efforts to digital transformation reached and improved the lives of rural citizens. In 2018, Niger Agence Nationale pour la Société d’Information (ANSI) […]