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 […]

Empowering rural communities in Niger through digital technologies

A three-hour drive from Niamey, Niger’s Capital city, is Borgou-Darey. Tucked underneath a cloud of dust, which on the day we visited painted the sky in a yellowish tint, the village is the first implementation of an ambitious government initiative called “Smart Villages”. The Building Smart Villages: A Blueprint report has been published and will […]

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: What Should Donors do to Support Responsible Data?

Donors such as USAID have a critical role to play in encouraging greater respect and protection of the data of vulnerable individuals and groups. They can help to reduce data-related risks by bringing a values-based responsible data approach to their work and by supporting implementing partners to improve their handling of data, especially data belonging to vulnerable individuals […]

Why We Should All Be Working Towards Collaborative Value Generation Around Big Data

The world’s data is expected to double every two years for the foreseeable future, thanks to increasing connectivity and progress in technology. This abundance of data combined with advances in computing power, software and algorithms have allowed us to do tremendous tasks such as push the boundaries of artificial intelligence that helps us speak with […]

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 […]

More Lighthouses for Stormy Seas: Navigating the Waters of Data Science

The responsible use of data in our field is not a new topic for us, but recent news reminds us why this work is so important. Over the past few months, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) has been hard at work to figure out how we can support our colleagues grappling with questions on the […]

A promising start to the GIZ Data Lab

An increasing number of organizations are launching data innovation programs to test and evaluate new approaches to applying digital data to advance development. These initiatives often come in the form of data labs where new ideas to harness the potential of digital data are tested using innovation methods and tools. In recent months, GIZ has […]

Cross-Post: Operationalising Mobile Phone Network Data for Development and Humanitarian Action

How has mobile network data been used to inform policy? What building blocks need to be in place to leverage mobile phone network data for real-time policy analysis, decision making and impact tracking? UN Global Pulse and the Digital Impact Alliance are excited to host a joint-session at the UN World Data Forum in Dubai […]

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 […]