Cross-Post: DFID endorses the Principles for Digital Development, How the Principles lead to better designed development programmes

DFID is delighted to become the 100th organisation to endorse the Principles for Digital Development! They are good practice guidelines for doing development in a digital world that are regarded by the public and private sector as the global standard. At DFID we use digital technologies so we can have a bigger, faster and more cost-effective […]

Guest Blog: Evaluating ICT4D projects against the Digital Principles

As I have written about elsewhere, we need more evidence of what works and what doesn’t in the ICT4D and tech for social change spaces – and we need to hold ourselves to account more thoroughly and share what we know so that all of our work improves. We should be examining how well a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Youth Entrepreneurs and Digital Development

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Youth Unconference in Kigali, Rwanda. The Unconference served as a platform for over 100 youths from 10 countries in the DOT network to come together and learn from each other’s experiences on ways to improve the impact of their social enterprises. To say these […]

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 […]

Making Better Use of Technology to Meet the SDGs

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) and the ITU (the UN’s information and computing technology agency) have joined forces and launched a program of work aimed at using technology to help the world meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a set of 17 goals and 169 targets for global development. Given the breadth of the SDGs, […]

Cross-Post: Digital Development into Practice: Co-Designing a Citizen Feedback Tool that Makes Sense

In April the World Bank endorsed [1] the Principles for Digital Development [2], signaling its intent to support the use of technologies in projects through human-centered, contextually appropriate, collaborative, safe, and sustainable design. But what does this look like in practice? On the surface, projects that adopt the Digital Principles may not look so different […]

Reaching the SDGs: New Alliances in Digital Development

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call on all of us to work as partners to end extreme poverty, fight inequality, and address climate change. Digital technologies enable government and citizen action towards these global goals.  The rising ubiquity of mobile phones, the increased global use of communication and social media applications such as WhatsApp and Facebook, […]