DIAL’s Recommendations for the Consultation of Civil Society with Member States in advance of the 2nd Preparatory Committee Meeting for LDC5

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation appreciates the opportunity to submit our comments on the zero draft outcome document for the Consultation of Civil Society with Member States in advance of the 2nd Preparatory Committee Meeting for LDC5. In line with our Digital Beacons strategy, DIAL encourages Member States and the […]

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, […]

Is there a digital recipe for country resilience?

A year ago, Skye Gilbert, Director, Digital Square, PATH and I wondered whether the COVID-19 pandemic would accelerate the pace of digital transformation, and recommended in a blog post the five most critical investments to ‘build back better’ from the pandemic. They were: Governments must accelerate their digital transformation agendas. Agencies and implementers should adhere […]

Collaborating to measure digital transformation: Sharing DIAL’s draft Digital Transformation Indicator Library for consultation and comment

DIAL is excited to share a draft of our Digital Transformation Indicator Library for comment and consultation. The Indicator Library is a key resource for our work to accelerate country demand for digital transformation and responsible data use. The draft is in a Google Sheet and you can access and provide feedback on it here. […]

DIAL’s Recommendations for the LDC5 Agenda

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation has appreciated the opportunity to submit our comments, via the Virtual Consultation with Civil Society  Representatives, for consideration by the Preparatory Committee on the LDC5 programme agenda. Those comments are reflected below.  Digital technology and data are — as noted in Theme 2 on science, […]

Building the GovStack approach to government

Last week, Estonia, DIAL, Germany, and ITU celebrated the launch of the GovStack website – “GovStack” is the official brand for the partnership our four organizations announced last Fall. Now, we’re developing our approach, promoting the initiative – and looking for experts to join our advisory groups. Read on for more details!  Since early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began, demand from countries for support on national digital […]

Addressing the unrealized potential of MD4D

Announcing DIAL and Data Pop Alliance’s new online Handbook on Mobile Data for Development (MD4D) Last week, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) and Data Pop Alliance made public a free online handbook on Mobile Data for Development (MD4D), available here on the DIAL Online Catalog, as a result of a 10-month collaboration between both organizations. […]

Getting stronger together: Promising signals that international digital cooperation can accelerate digital transformation in Africa

Over the past two weeks, newspapers have been filled with progress made by the international scientific community to trial and release global vaccine candidates to inoculate us against COVID-19. While this critical international cooperation has justifiably garnered major global headlines, we here in the digital development sector have been focused on a new type of […]

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 […]