Coby Jones

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) […]

The Role of Public Procurement in Digital Transformation (Part II)

Earlier we published part I of this blog post to introduce DIAL’s strategy and thinking as it relates to public procurement and digital transformation. We shared some early insights from our recent listening study and goals of our Category Guide for Procurement of Digital Technology. Now, we will share our ideas for what this guide will look like.  Who will use the Category […]

The Role of Public Procurement in Digital Transformation

In a world where digital access and inclusiveness have never been more important for most citizens, the Digital Impact Alliance’s (DIAL) new five year strategy will seek to accelerate the number of digital transformation exemplars. This means build a global movement that unifies partners around a common vision and expand the availability of proven solutions for procurers so that countries can connect proven digital platforms and use data responsibly to achieve the SDGs […]

How DIAL staff are making the best of this moment in quarantine

The world is constantly changing around us. It is one of the constants of life. However, the abrupt changes caused by COVID-19 has had a halting effect like we have not seen in our lifetime. Erie images of empty city streets, empty airports, people waiting in line for the grocery store, and everyone from adults […]