Rachel Sibande

Meeting the Urgency of COVID-19 by Sharing DIAL Resources

Change is often said to be the only constant in life and COVID-19 is doing all it can to prove this to the world. What has not changed is the need for governments and development organizations in the global development community to reach the citizens they serve both nationally and internationally. At the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), we are continually developing solutions that can help those around the world who are […]

Using Mobile Network Operator Data for COVID-19 Response

This page was last updated on June 17, 2020. MNO Data | MNO Data for COVID-19 | Getting Started | Key Terms | Contacts and Resources DIAL has developed this introductory brief as the first in a series of materials on using mobile network operator (MNO) data. When combined with other traditional datasets, MNO data can be analyzed and used to support development […]

Expanding Health Coverage Using Mobile Phone Data

By Rachel Sibande (Digital Impact Alliance), Erwin Knippenberg (Cooper/Smith) On April 10th, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) in partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health and Cooper/Smith held a workshop showcasing the recent use of Mobile Network Operator (MNO) data to inform policymaking. Often, when people think of using network data for development, there are […]

Cross-Post: Digital Inclusion: The Role of the Mobile Network Operator in Africa

The original post was featured on GSMA Conference Confidential and can be found here. The Mobile 360 Africa series brings together leaders from Africa’s technology and telecom industries for one of Africa’s largest gathering of technology practitioners. Mobile network operators, donors, development partners, technology companies and startups all convene to engage in thought provoking conversations […]

What did Mobile World Congress 2018 show us about Creating a Better Future?

At the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) 107,000 visitors from 205 countries gathered to see the latest offerings showcased by the mobile industry and convene around topics such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) – all connected to greater theme of Creating a Better Future. But, how can we create a better […]

Taking the Next Step to Implement Data4Development in Malawi

Malawi is a country of more than 17 million people stretching over 118,000 sq km in Southern Africa. The country is called the warm heart of Africa for the friendliness and compassion of its people and the beautiful warm waters of Lake Malawi. However, there are multiple challenges facing Malawi’s economy and public health sector. […]