What We Learned About Financing Digital Technology

This blog is part of a series aimed at exploring the scalability of financing digital technology and the procurement process for digital tools in the development sector, specifically for low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). Our aim is to better understand the drivers and market-shaping activities that attract supply options for digital that otherwise might not be available […]

Financing Digital Technologies: Conversations about Public Procurement

This blog is part of a series aimed at exploring the scalability of financing digital technology and the procurement process for digital tools in the development sector, specifically for low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). Our aim is to better understand the drivers and market-shaping activities that attract supply options for digital that otherwise might not be available […]

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 […]

What Lessons the Financing of Vaccines in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Can Teach Us About Scaling Digital Technologies

The last decade has seen exponential increases in the impact of digital technologies the world over, changing how people interact with their government, conduct commerce and communicate with each other. But the range of digital products, including software, core mobile services and data, is not equal across boundaries. Low- and middle-income countries (L/MICs) have fewer […]

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, […]

Mobile Money: Increasing Use by Addressing Trust

In the developed world, we are accustomed to having easy access to our bank and financial services. Though around the globe, it’s a different reality. Currently, two billion people remain unbanked without access to safe, secure and affordable financial services, according to GSMA’s Mobile Money Programme. Mobile money is a powerful tool that can help […]

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 […]

Get to Know DIAL’s ‘Insights and Impact’ Summer Fellows

The Digital Impact Alliance’s (DIAL) Insights and Impact team is excited to host two fellows this summer: Maurice Sayinzoga and Mitch Hulse. DIAL’s Insights and Impact team focuses on research, “how to” knowledge and advocacy that advances the digital development ecosystem. Though Maurice and Mitch will only be here for a few months, both bring […]

Guest Blog: Blockchain’s Potential Applications in Developing Economies

Note from Kate Wilson, DIAL CEO: DIAL was established to support the digital development community becoming more efficient and effective. I have defined part of this role as looking at disruptive technologies that may be well understood technically but struggle with specific use cases for our field. One technology, blockchain, has captured the attention of […]

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 […]