Can the “new COVID-19 normal” help us achieve the SDGs by 2030?

Ifeoma Ibe is an Insights & Impact Fellow 2020 ushered in many anticipated technology trends like advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), and the streaming revolution. However, weeks into the new year it became clear things would be overshadowed by the overwhelming onset of a pandemic. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has […]

Cross-Post: Why We Need A ‘Whole-of-Government’ Approach to Digital Investments

*The below text is the Foreword of the newly launched SDG Digital Investment Framework paper. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to be achieved by 2030, are not currently on track. Progress can be accelerated, however, through the transformational potential of digital technologies, and this was clearly recognized by UN Secretary-General António Guterres last […]

Cross-Post: Three (Downloadable!) Activities to Deepen Engagement for Digital Development

All activities mentioned below are available for download! Please send any feedback to info@techchange.org. On November 5-6, 2018, TechChange supported DIAL in convening and facilitating a donor-driven workshop in Dublin, Ireland. Organized at the request of donors to build stronger bonds amongst their organizations and share common challenges and pain points, TechChange helped design two […]

Cross-Post: Operationalising Mobile Phone Network Data for Development and Humanitarian Action

How has mobile network data been used to inform policy? What building blocks need to be in place to leverage mobile phone network data for real-time policy analysis, decision making and impact tracking? UN Global Pulse and the Digital Impact Alliance are excited to host a joint-session at the UN World Data Forum in Dubai […]

FlowKit – an open source tool to support communities through mobile phone data (CDR) analysis

Timely, accurate, high-resolution information on populations distributions, characteristics and movements are key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Data that can help us to understand these key features of human populations are however lacking in many low and middle-income countries. A particularly interesting new data type, that can shed light on human populations and […]

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, […]

The Power of Community: 23 summer interns bring impact & support to DIAL Open Source Center projects

At the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) Open Source Center, one of our values is the belief that the techniques evolved by the free and open source software movement are one of the best ways to create inclusive, collaboratively-designed software. One of the most critical aspects of collaboration in open source projects is building an inclusive […]

Cross-Post: Leveraging Mobile Data to Achieve the SDGs

New mobile trends reveal how the spread of digital technology is impacting the world: As of 2017, five billion people—two-thirds of the global population—now use mobile phones to connect to life-enhancing opportunities and services, according to GSMA. Greater access to mobile technology means that more data is being generated; use of this data can improve […]

Cross-Post: Data and Technology for the SDGs: Highlights from UNGA72 Side Events

Cross-Posted from the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data All 193 Member States of the United Nations convened in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the UN Charter, such as development, peace and security, and the […]

Three Captivating Data Talks from My Week at UNGA

Social Good Summit 2017, on the Topic of Extremism in the Age of Fake News Critical to the success of being data driven is the idea of getting the right information to the right people at the right time. At the Social Good Summit Yasmin Green, Director of R&D at Jigsaw, explained Jigsaw’s work around […]