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January 17, 2018

Register Now: Practicing the Principles for Digital Development in Jakarta, Indonesia

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The Principles for Digital Development are the distilled knowledge of hundreds of professionals and thousands of projects into nine best practice guidelines to improve the use of technology in development. The Digital Principles are currently endorsed by 88 organizations, including USAID, UNICEF, NDI, Grameen Foundation, IntraHealth International, SIDA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many more.

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), steward for the Digital Principles, is now promoting their adoption around the world. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Join your peers and colleagues for a FREE conference with an exciting mix of educational keynotes, lightning talks, and panel sessions, to learn how you can live the Digital Principles every day, too.

Leading organizations are putting the Digital Principles into practice already, finding innovations and gaining efficiencies that are inspiring a new way to implement development projects. This event is the second in a three-part series organized by DIAL, focusing on sharing innovations directly from implementers and practical guidance on the Digital Principles. You can read a re-cap of our first event – held in Dar es Salaam, Tazania in October – here. You can also watch three recorded sessions from that event here.

Join us in Jakarta, Indonesia to dive deep into three of the nine Principles – Reuse and Improve, Design for Scale, and Build for Sustainability.

Space at this event is limited to 120 attendees.

Apply to Present!

We want to make sure this event is representative of the interesting and diverse digital development ecosystem. That means we would like to feature practitioners from multiple sectors and countries in Southeast Asia, so if you’re interested in presenting your own organization’s work on how you live out the Digital Principles, please send an email to principlesadmin@digitalimpactalliance.org!

We are seeking speakers for the following topics:

  • Panel (Design for Scale)
  • Lightning talks (Reuse & Improve)
  • Panel (Future of Development in Southeast Asia & the Pacific region using the Digital Principles)

As “living” guidelines, the Principles are designed to help digital development practitioners integrate established best practices into technology-enabled programs while incorporating feedback and new insights over time. They continue to be a community-driven global good, meant to advance the role of digital technology in development and to move the needle on ending global poverty into technology-enabled programs while incorporating feedback and new insights over time.

Practicing the Principles for Digital Development in Jakarta, Indonesia

Tuesday, February 20
The Hermitage
9:00am – 1:00pm
Optional Free Networking Lunch to follow (1:00pm – 2:00pm)
RSVP required for attendance

December 22, 2017

Open Source in the Field: Two Case Studies from Open Data Kit (ODK)

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By Maurice Sayinzoga and David McCann

Open Data Kit (ODK) is a suite of mobile data collection tools designed to replace paper-based forms when gathering data of all kinds in low connectivity areas. The idea to develop ODK stemmed, in part, from observing and trying to solve data collection problems in rural and resource poor communities.

Photo from International Potato Center (CIP)

ODK exemplifies the qualities of a global public good, built by a community that embodies the Principles for Digital Development, a set of nine “living” guidelines designed to help digital development practitioners integrate established best practices into technology-enabled programs.

ODK is an open-source tool upon which many other tools are built and professional services rely on, KoboToolbox and SurveyCTO being just two examples. The ODK developer community promotes multi-stakeholder collaboration, and invites users to participate in the conversation driving priorities for new feature development.

Beyond the developer community is an army of data collectors and end-users who rely on ODK to collect data for life-saving interventions around the world. The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) sought to better understand the end-user experience, challenges and successes through case studies from two organizations that leveraged ODK to help with their work in food security and emergency relief: the International Potato Center (CIP) – through its Sweet Potato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI), and the Spanish Red Cross. The two resulting use cases discuss food security monitoring efforts in sub-Saharan Africa on the one hand, and data collection in emergency relief on the other. Insights compiled in these two use cases were shared with ODK developer community on its forum.

Download and read the International Potato Center (CIP) case study here.

Download and read the Spanish Red Cross case study here.

This exercise takes us back to the field where the idea of ODK started, and it underlines DIAL’s commitment to support tools, such as ODK, that contribute to public good in underserved communities. In the same vein, DIAL set up an Open Source Center to support the important work that ODK does, hoping to improve the maturity of the product and the health of the community that uses and maintains it.

Maurice Sayinzoga

Senior Associate, Digital Impact Alliance

Maurice Sayinzoga brings 9 years of experience as a development professional. His work spans the fields of education, public health, youth livelihoods development, and ICT4D. Maurice has been working with the Digital Impact Alliance since June 2017.

David McCann

Director of Technology for the T4D Open Source Software Incubator & Accelerator

David McCann serves as Director of Technology for the T4D Open Source Software Incubator & Accelerator at DIAL. He brings 10 years of experience building and managing small teams to achieve greenfield goals in both the non-profit and private sectors.

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