DIAL’s Recommendations for the Consultation of Civil Society with Member States in advance of the 2nd Preparatory Committee Meeting for LDC5

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation appreciates the opportunity to submit our comments on the zero draft outcome document for the Consultation of Civil Society with Member States in advance of the 2nd Preparatory Committee Meeting for LDC5. In line with our Digital Beacons strategy, DIAL encourages Member States and the […]

Looking back to leap forward: Five years of the Digital Impact Alliance

In January, I announced our new five-year strategy, Digital Beacons. Today, I’m pleased to publish an independent evaluation of DIAL’s work up to that point—what we call “DIAL 1.0”—which is a follow-up to our 2018 baseline ecosystem study. To be honest, as the CEO of DIAL, not all of it is cheery reading. The team, […]

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 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: 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 […]

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 […]

Overcoming the Digital Gender Divide: Profile of a Youth Innovator

On this Throwback Thursday, I wanted to take you back to the time I met this inspiring young woman, Aisha Abdul-Qadir, at the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Youth Unconference in Kigali, Rwanda. Aisha is a youth ambassador for DOT, an organization that engages young people around the world using digital technologies to transform their communities […]

Guest Blog: The Fourth Industrial Revolution Must Benefit Everyone

It’s often said that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be faster and more disruptive than the first three. That’s certainly true for the developed world, but history suggests developing countries likely will have a completely different experience. For example, farms in developed countries often use drones and satellites to assist with crop production, while many […]

DIAL Board Member Juliana Rotich Speaks on African Tech Revolution at Social Good Summit 2017

Yesterday, Juliana Rotich, co-founder of BRCK and Ushahidi, and Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) board member, spoke at the Social Good Summit about Africa’s tech revolution and the potential for data to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The panel was moderated by Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, and also featured Oscar Ekponimo, Founder and CEO […]