Introducing DIAL’s Mobile Market Model

There is little doubt that mobile plays a critical role in facilitating services for the developing world and in collective efforts to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Governments are beginning to recognize the reach and costs/benefits of using mobile channels, and are taking an active role in scaling up mobile-enabled programs. In Nigeria, for example, […]

Cross-Post: From Farm to Phone to Table: A Case Study Series Explores the Impact of Digital Tools on Agriculture

Cross-Posted from NextBillion Over the past 10 years, and particularly over the past five, the use of mobile phones and internet-enabled, digital tools in farming activities has skyrocketed. Today, the smartphone or tablet is no longer seen just in the developed world; at least one mobile phone now sits in the pockets or hands of […]

The Future of ICT for Agriculture

At the recent ICTforAg 2017 conference, supported by Abt Associates, DAI and FHI 360, there was a lot of food for thought around how new innovations can empower smallholder farmers, and the communities that support them, through information and communication technologies (ICT). Inspired by a day of keynotes, lightning talks and group breakouts, here are some of […]

The Future of Data-Driven Agriculture

Last week USAID and the Sustainability Innovation Lab at CU-Boulder (SILC) hosted a two-day interactive workshop on leveraging big data to further agricultural development around the globe. The convening, held in Boulder, gathered a cross-disciplinary group including researchers, agronomists, digital agtech startups, data scientists, non-profits, foundations and venture capital firms to examine how data science […]

The Potential of Data for Development

The rise in the use of digital technologies – particularly mobile phones – has led to an exponential rise in digital data. A lot of new data is being generated by people in communities that have previously not been represented, thanks to cheaper, more accessible phones and service plans. Historically, the traditional source of data […]

Bringing Digital Services to Scale

Important work is underway to bring digital services to scale across multiple sectors – from health, to financial services, to agriculture. While we still talk about pilotitis, the reality is that the digital development ecosystem is maturing and services are expanding at scale in many places. Although many are in early stages, these success stories offer […]