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 […]

Building the Next Generation of Software Developers in Sub-Saharan Africa

The digital age has led to enormous opportunities across the world and sub-Saharan Africa, but also significant challenges. This is the first installment of a new DIAL insights series that explores technology-related human resource issues and offers practical recommendations for expanding the cadre of software developers across the region. Read the full series here The […]

Insight 4: Moving forward as an ecosystem to support the next generation of software developers

To meet the tech demands of rapidly growing economies, all stakeholders have a role to play The digital age has led to enormous opportunities across the world and sub-Saharan Africa, but also significant challenges. This is the fifth, and final, installment of a new DIAL insights series that explores some of these cross-cutting issues and […]

Insight 3: How regional outsourcing can build the teams to meet local demand

Outsourcing within sub-Saharan Africa, instead of outside of it, could accelerate the development of regional talent and meet the needs of organizations across industries The digital age has led to enormous opportunities across the world and sub-Saharan Africa, but also significant challenges. This is the fourth installment of a new DIAL insights series that explores […]

Insight 2: What employers can do to advance employees and build strong workplace tech teams

To help junior staff become senior developers, employers must prioritize both professional development and workplace mentoring. The digital age has led to enormous opportunities across the world and sub-Saharan Africa, but also significant challenges. This is the third installment of a new DIAL insights series that explores some of these cross-cutting issues and offers practical […]

Insight 1: How skills-development programs can bridge the gap between classroom and workplace

To prepare junior software developers for success in the workplace, skills-development programs need to prioritize hands-on experience and soft skills.   The digital age has led to enormous opportunities across the world and sub-Saharan Africa, but also significant challenges. This is the second installment of a new DIAL insights series that explores some of these cross-cutting […]

Demand Aggregation: The Secret Ingredient to ICT4D Success

Many global international development organizations are using technology and mobile channels to better understand and reach their target populations. A substantial portion of their budgets for these interventions go directly to a digital service provider or the Mobile Network Operator (MNO). However, these organizations typically have relatively small contracts with service providers and therefore do […]

Where Africa Connects: A Dynamic Week at the Africa Tech Summit

The excitement at the African Tech Summit (February 13-15, 2019) at the sprawling Kigali Convention Center in Kigali, Rwanda was electric and palpable.  An annual three-day conference that showcases the best of Africa’s growing influence in the tech sector, the Summit brings together representatives from the private sector, universities, civil society organizations and other influential stakeholders. As […]

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 […]

Staff Spotlight: DIAL Fellow Rebecca Winokur

When I moved to Vermont, I spent a year working as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer on adult literacy, which was a powerful and eye-opening experience into the world of public health and vulnerable populations. It inspired me to go on to medical school, where I learned some important life skills like how to doze off standing […]