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 […]

Beacons of Hope: A review of our new strategy

Since the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) started in March 2016, the crucial role digital technology and data use play in reaching the SDG targets has only grown. In fact, at no other point over the past four years has the need to use these tools well, and the harms that arise when they are not, […]

The Role of Public Procurement in Digital Transformation

In a world where digital access and inclusiveness have never been more important for most citizens, the Digital Impact Alliance’s (DIAL) new five year strategy will seek to accelerate the number of digital transformation exemplars. This means build a global movement that unifies partners around a common vision and expand the availability of proven solutions for procurers so that countries can connect proven digital platforms and use data responsibly to achieve the SDGs […]

Laura Walker McDonald Joins DIAL as Senior Director, Insights and Impact

The Digital Impact Alliance is pleased to welcome Laura Walker McDonald as Senior Director, Insights and Impact. With more than 12 years of global experience in technology, social change, and entrepreneurship, Laura has guided organizations in using technology in principled and impactful ways to support their mission. “I’ve focused on helping organizations understand and solve […]

What the Evidence Shows: Challenges and Opportunities for ICT4D in 2019

Earlier this month, DIAL published the final report of our Global Digital Ecosystem Study. In talking with tech specialists and representatives of NGOs, donor organizations, mobile network operators, and governments, we gained some great insights into the current state of the ICT4D sector. In an upcoming blog, I will discuss the experience and lessons of this study from […]

Staff Spotlight: Zach Tilton on Technology’s Impact on Peace and Development

To celebrate today’s International Day of Peace, Zach Tilton, evaluation specialist for the Digital Impact Alliance, reflects on his time working in peacetech and his career journey to leverage technology for peace and development. As a young child, I remember sitting on my dad’s lap watching the green and black interface of the MS-DOS screen […]

A Critical Time for Digital Development: DIAL Launches the Digital Ecosystem Survey

Today, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) launched a survey of the global digital development ecosystem – the first of its kind. We are conducting research to be able to measure changes in the successes and challenges of funders, NGOs, governments, mobile network operators, and technology specialists across the digital development ecosystem. Based on the community’s […]

Is Open Source Overrated?

No. This was my one-word stance on the question when I was invited to participate in a session about open source at this year’s MERLTech Conference. As the discussion proceeded it became clear that there was nearly a consensus view—despite a diversity of perspectives—about problems with the way the “Big Aid system” (a combination of […]

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 […]

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 […]