Kate Wilson

Looking back to leap forward: Five years of the Digital Impact Alliance

In January, I announced our new five-year strategy, Digital Beacons. Today, I’m pleased to publish an independent evaluation of DIAL’s work up to that point—what we call “DIAL 1.0”—which is a follow-up to our 2018 baseline ecosystem study. To be honest, as the CEO of DIAL, not all of it is cheery reading. The team, […]

A video on our new strategy

 DIAL’s DRAFT 2021-2025 strategy, “Beacons of Hope” is out for public comment. Below, CEO Kate Wilson and Senior Director, Insights and Impact Laura Walker McDonald discuss the main points of the strategy: country implementation. This strategy outlines our plans to 1) Accelerate examples of national digital transformation and data use by working with governments; 2) Build global cooperation around […]

Statement on the UN’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation

On June 11th, Secretary-General Guterres announced the UN’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. The Roadmap takes forward recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation on digital connectivity, digital inclusion, human rights, artificial intelligence, and trust and security. As part of its rollout, Kate Wilson joined a discussion on UN TV and spoke in support of the Roadmap and key areas where DIAL is and will continue to be supportive. Below is her full statement:   I’m Kate Wilson, CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance, housed at the […]

Will COVID-19 accelerate digital transformation? 5 ways the development community can “build back better”

As the global response to COVID-19 accelerates, thoughtful leaders in every sector are asking: how can we structure our response to not only respond to the needs of today, but to ‘build back better’ once the crisis is over? THE DIGITAL SECTOR NEEDS TO DO THE SAME. Back in 2014, at the height of the […]

How DIAL Can Help the Response to COVID-19

With the growth in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about my work in global health, particularly Ebola, and how our work at the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) can help tackle the challenges facing country response today. For context, between 2014 and 2016, the global health community supported […]

In Digital Development, Responsible Data Use Must Be A Priority

In this blog, our CEO Kate Wilson explains how we can balance the potential benefits and harms of digital data for development.

Cross-Post: Why We Need A ‘Whole-of-Government’ Approach to Digital Investments

*The below text is the Foreword of the newly launched SDG Digital Investment Framework paper. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to be achieved by 2030, are not currently on track. Progress can be accelerated, however, through the transformational potential of digital technologies, and this was clearly recognized by UN Secretary-General António Guterres last […]

What Lessons the Financing of Vaccines in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Can Teach Us About Scaling Digital Technologies

The last decade has seen exponential increases in the impact of digital technologies the world over, changing how people interact with their government, conduct commerce and communicate with each other. But the range of digital products, including software, core mobile services and data, is not equal across boundaries. Low- and middle-income countries (L/MICs) have fewer […]

On the Road to the SDGs: Progress from the Field

The Chinese philosopher Laozi said that “a journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step.” The international community is taking a long journey towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 but often, important steps taken in New York or Geneva seem far away from the realities of the developing world. This […]

Taking Pragmatic Steps to Advance National ID Efforts for Development

While the world watched one inauguration on January 20th, over 5,000 miles away, another incoming President, Nana Akufo-Addo, delivered his address at his inauguration in Ghana a few days earlier. One of the key promises that President Akufo-Addo has made is to reform the current national identification system started under his predecessor in 2003. Why […]