Procurement of Digital: Can We Simplify Complexity

In July this year, DIAL and Deloitte began work on the development of a toolset to support governments in low resource settings to improve their digital technology procurement outcomes. We actively chose government procurers as the key audience of this toolset because public procurement can be a powerful tool for change, used by governments not only to deliver services to citizens across all […]

Accelerating National Digital Transformation: Announcing the First in DIAL’s New Series of Leadership Briefs

Today, DIAL released the first in our new series of Leadership Briefs, which set out our takeaways on key digital development topics. DIAL’s first brief covers national digital transformation, a central concept to our 2021-25 Strategy. In the coming months we’ll publish briefs on other key areas, including responsible data use, financing and procurement, and […]

Valuing Impact for ICT Investment: Helping Funders and Policymakers Make Sustainable Digital Investments

Every investment presumes a trade-off or an opportunity cost, and digital investments are no exception. Moreover, the lack of investment in digital infrastructure and digital innovation creates long-term challenges particularly for low-income countries, with both direct and indirect costs. The trade-off with digital investments may come in the form of a different technology platform or, as is […]

Unlocking the Digital Economy in Africa: Announcing DIAL’s New Listening Study with Smart Africa

If you would like to read the full report in English, French, or Portuguese, please visit the publications page. Developing and delivering a vision and agenda for national digital transformation is key to unlocking the full potential of the digital economy in Africa. In November 2019, the Smart Africa Alliance and the Digital Impact Alliance […]

Ecosystem Survey: On the Case for a Digital Public Goods Foundation

We want to hear from you! What would a foundation focused on Digital Public Goods mean for your project? Is it necessary? About this survey: This survey is seeking the insight from open source projects focused on social good, and those who support them, on the need for the creation of a dedicated support organization, […]

Concordia Report: Global Actors Embrace National Digital Transformation Agendas

Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital adoption and interconnection, as well as the role digital technologies play in providing information and services to people who need it most. The pandemic may indeed accelerate the transition to a digital future by highlighting areas where digitalization is not happening fast enough, […]

DIAL: Who we are

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is an independent global alliance funded by leading development agencies and private foundations. DIAL was established in 2015 as a “think, do, replicate” tank. We combine practical research with evidence-based advocacy to advance digital inclusion to achieve the SDGs. DIAL identifies barriers to the routine use of digital solutions and data by development actors (countries, NGOs, […]

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 […]

5 Things Digital Public Good Software Projects Need to Scale

The need to accelerate progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals has led to investment in digital tools that support social objectives. As this software is increasingly deployed, open source licensing has been widely embraced by countries, the UN system, and international NGOs to avoid vendor lock-in, enable global adoption, while allowing local actors to […]

Beacons of Hope: A review of our new strategy

Since the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) started in March 2016, the crucial role digital technology and data use play in reaching the SDG targets has only grown. In fact, at no other point over the past four years has the need to use these tools well, and the harms that arise when they are not, […]