Celebrating 20 Years of Open Source at O’Reilly Open Source Convention

In the technology field, late Summer and early Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere is the traditional conference season — a time for colleagues to pause to reconnect with each other, learn about trends and challenges in the industry, and of course, build new relationships and strengthen old ones. For the past 20 years now, one […]

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 […]

DIAL as Steward for the Principles for Digital Development

When digital technology became more accessible in the developing world more than a decade ago, international development organizations began seeking new ways to include digital tools in their programming for improved outcomes. These efforts were initially quite successful: significant advancements occurred in various sectors such as health and agriculture, more communities around the globe were […]

How can the Digital Development Community Continually Evolve?

Advancements in digital technology are changing the model for development. It’s influencing how international development programs are implemented, what new tools are integrated into traditional development programs, and where, when and how international development technical specialists receive continuous learning. These shifts are not just redefining the nonprofit space. According to a recent Pew survey, 54% […]

What’s Fueling the Open Source Community: A Readout from a Week of Open Source Events

At this time every year, open source software experts and supporters gather for a week of conferences, gatherings and talks to discuss the future of the open source services in supporting digital development. The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) sent representatives from our Platforms and Services team to Austin, Texas, to participate in the Community Leadership […]

Can Open Source Deliver the Dream of Digital Development?

Next year will mark 20 years since the term “open source software” was officially coined, and the “free software” movement has been around even longer. But in the international development field, open source has only been a key consideration for the last decade or so. Today, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)’s Platform and Services team […]

My Takeaway from AeHIN: The Critical Interoperability Layer is People

Last week in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, over 300 representatives from South and Southeast Asia Ministries of Health and global digital health experts gathered for the fifth general meeting of the Asian eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), a group that fosters peer-to-peer learning and networking with the goal of strengthening health systems through information and communication […]

Be Agile(r)

Last week, ICTworks published a July 2016 blog post from Brian Sokol of Abt Associates that advocates for a leaner, more agile approach to the Principles for Digital Development. Finding the Goldilocks “juuuust right” middle ground between the two sets of principles is key. As the Digital Impact Alliance works together with the digital development […]