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 […]

Staff Spotlight: DIAL Fellow Rebecca Winokur

When I moved to Vermont, I spent a year working as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer on adult literacy, which was a powerful and eye-opening experience into the world of public health and vulnerable populations. It inspired me to go on to medical school, where I learned some important life skills like how to doze off standing […]

Program Strategy: How to Pivot Your Digital Development Project to Scale and Sustain Beyond the “Valley of Death”

In December 2017, DIAL released Beyond Scale – an interactive eBook that details key questions and challenges that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social enterprises face when scaling and sustaining digital development programs, especially when they approach their four to five-year mark, which some describe as the “valley of death”. The book has seven chapters, which […]

Taking the Next Step to Implement Data4Development in Malawi

Malawi is a country of more than 17 million people stretching over 118,000 sq km in Southern Africa. The country is called the warm heart of Africa for the friendliness and compassion of its people and the beautiful warm waters of Lake Malawi. However, there are multiple challenges facing Malawi’s economy and public health sector. […]

On the Road to the SDGs: Progress from the Field

The Chinese philosopher Laozi said that “a journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step.” The international community is taking a long journey towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 but often, important steps taken in New York or Geneva seem far away from the realities of the developing world. This […]

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 […]

DIAL’s Plans at 2017 ICT4D Conference in Hyderabad, India

From May 15-18, the ninth annual ICT4D Conference will be held in Hyderabad, India. This annual conference brings together more than 1,000 attendees from public, private and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development community to discuss how they’ve used innovations in technology to increase the impact of their work. This year, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Looking Ahead to 2017: New Resources to Put Principles for Digital Development into Action

This week, global development stakeholders from around the world convened at the Global Digital Health Forum (GDHF) in the Washington, DC area to share knowledge with colleagues and wrestle with the challenges we face to realize the full potential of digital services.  DIAL and PATH led a panel discussion at the GDHF that examined the […]