Danielle Dhillon

Financing Digital Technologies: Conversations about Public Procurement

This blog is part of a series aimed at exploring the scalability of financing digital technology and the procurement process for digital tools in the development sector, specifically for low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). Our aim is to better understand the drivers and market-shaping activities that attract supply options for digital that otherwise might not be available […]

What makes funding and financing* digital technology so difficult?

This blog is part of a series aimed at exploring the scalability of financing digital technology and the procurement process for digital tools in the development sector, specifically for low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). Our aim is to better understand the drivers and market-shaping activities that attract supply options for digital that otherwise might not be available […]

Demand Aggregation: The Secret Ingredient to ICT4D Success

Many global international development organizations are using technology and mobile channels to better understand and reach their target populations. A substantial portion of their budgets for these interventions go directly to a digital service provider or the Mobile Network Operator (MNO). However, these organizations typically have relatively small contracts with service providers and therefore do […]

Three Captivating Data Talks from My Week at UNGA

Social Good Summit 2017, on the Topic of Extremism in the Age of Fake News Critical to the success of being data driven is the idea of getting the right information to the right people at the right time. At the Social Good Summit Yasmin Green, Director of R&D at Jigsaw, explained Jigsaw’s work around […]

The Future of ICT for Agriculture

At the recent ICTforAg 2017 conference, supported by Abt Associates, DAI and FHI 360, there was a lot of food for thought around how new innovations can empower smallholder farmers, and the communities that support them, through information and communication technologies (ICT). Inspired by a day of keynotes, lightning talks and group breakouts, here are some of […]

The Future of Data-Driven Agriculture

Last week USAID and the Sustainability Innovation Lab at CU-Boulder (SILC) hosted a two-day interactive workshop on leveraging big data to further agricultural development around the globe. The convening, held in Boulder, gathered a cross-disciplinary group including researchers, agronomists, digital agtech startups, data scientists, non-profits, foundations and venture capital firms to examine how data science […]

The Potential of Data for Development

The rise in the use of digital technologies – particularly mobile phones – has led to an exponential rise in digital data. A lot of new data is being generated by people in communities that have previously not been represented, thanks to cheaper, more accessible phones and service plans. Historically, the traditional source of data […]