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Cross-Post: Beyond Proof of Concept: do we have the right structure to take disruptive technologies to production?

This blog post is originally featured on the World Bank Group’s Data Blog, found here “Every company is a technology company”. This idea, popularized by Gartner, can be seen unfolding in every sector of the economy as firms and governments adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies to achieve their goals. The development sector is no exception, and like […]

Cross-Post: MomConnect: Fostering a long-term, supportive dialogue with mothers in South Africa

As patient groups go, pregnant women and new mothers are among the most motivated. They’re eager for information on how to care for themselves and their children, and quick to take action to ensure their children have the best start in life. But in some low-income countries around the world, accessing high-quality health information at […]

Cross-Post: Demystifying Technologies for Digital Identification

With more than 1.1 billion individuals without official proof of identity, a myriad of technologies is advancing at a faster speed than ever before and becoming more affordable, making it possible for nations to leapfrog paper based approaches of the past. Yet, it is becoming a challenge to understand and keep up with the various […]

Guest Blog: From Pen to Principle: The Evolution of the Digital Principles Community

Over the past decade, the digital development field has rapidly matured as small-scale pilots have paved the way for coordinated and scaled systems. But success for digital tools and initiatives has not come by accident. Practitioners have dedicated the time to thorough context analysis and planning, and careful monitoring to ensure that they are deploying […]

Guest Blog: Gender, Gender-Based Violence and Information Communication Technologies: A Hippocratic Approach

When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​women’s​ ​economic and social empowerment, information communication technology​ (ICT) is often considered a great equalizer. It is true that ICTs can provide women​ ​and​ ​underrepresented​ ​populations​​ ​access to​ ​financial services,​ ​new​ ​market opportunities, life-enhancing​ ​services and greater​ ​security.​ However, technology is ultimately just a tool that magnifies and mirrors the world we live […]

Cross-Post: Why Are Women Less Likely to Own a Phone?

This article was featured on the NetHope blog. The original post can be found here.  Much has been written about the gender gap in mobile phone usage, specifically on why women are less likely to have access to this technology than men; why women are less likely to be technically literate than men; and why women […]

Guest Blog: The Fourth Industrial Revolution Must Benefit Everyone

It’s often said that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be faster and more disruptive than the first three. That’s certainly true for the developed world, but history suggests developing countries likely will have a completely different experience. For example, farms in developed countries often use drones and satellites to assist with crop production, while many […]

Cross-Post: From Farm to Phone to Table: A Case Study Series Explores the Impact of Digital Tools on Agriculture

Cross-Posted from NextBillion Over the past 10 years, and particularly over the past five, the use of mobile phones and internet-enabled, digital tools in farming activities has skyrocketed. Today, the smartphone or tablet is no longer seen just in the developed world; at least one mobile phone now sits in the pockets or hands of […]

Cross-Post: Data and Technology for the SDGs: Highlights from UNGA72 Side Events

Cross-Posted from the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data All 193 Member States of the United Nations convened in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the UN Charter, such as development, peace and security, and the […]

Guest Blog: Blockchain’s Potential Applications in Developing Economies

Note from Kate Wilson, DIAL CEO: DIAL was established to support the digital development community becoming more efficient and effective. I have defined part of this role as looking at disruptive technologies that may be well understood technically but struggle with specific use cases for our field. One technology, blockchain, has captured the attention of […]