How the Digital Principles Serve as a Guide to Better Solutions

For over a decade, the Principles for Digital Development have helped development practitioners enhance the design and efficacy of tech-enabled projects and programs, evolving alongside present needs and new innovations. In the Digital Impact Alliance’s (DIAL) role as steward of the Principles, we have aimed to highlight how the Digital Principles are relevant and useful throughout a project’s lifecycle.   In recent months, COVID-19 has massively impacted countless development programs and projects, with organizations scrambling to fulfill deliverables while also determining how […]

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 […]

Cross-Post: Beyond Proof of Concept: do we have the right structure to take disruptive technologies to production?

This blog post is originally featured on the World Bank Group’s Data Blog, found here “Every company is a technology company”. This idea, popularized by Gartner, can be seen unfolding in every sector of the economy as firms and governments adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies to achieve their goals. The development sector is no exception, and like […]

What did Mobile World Congress 2018 show us about Creating a Better Future?

At the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) 107,000 visitors from 205 countries gathered to see the latest offerings showcased by the mobile industry and convene around topics such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) – all connected to greater theme of Creating a Better Future. But, how can we create a better […]

Cross-Post: Leveraging Mobile Data to Achieve the SDGs

New mobile trends reveal how the spread of digital technology is impacting the world: As of 2017, five billion people—two-thirds of the global population—now use mobile phones to connect to life-enhancing opportunities and services, according to GSMA. Greater access to mobile technology means that more data is being generated; use of this data can improve […]