Statement on the UN’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation

On June 11th, Secretary-General Guterres announced the UN’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. The Roadmap takes forward recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation on digital connectivity, digital inclusion, human rights, artificial intelligence, and trust and security. As part of its rollout, Kate Wilson joined a discussion on UN TV and spoke in support of the Roadmap and key areas where DIAL is and will continue to be supportive. Below is her full statement:   I’m Kate Wilson, CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance, housed at the […]

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 […]

Reflections on Mobile World Congress 2019: Working Towards an Inclusive Future

A few weeks ago, members of the mobile industry including mobile and fixed network operators, handset manufacturers, software and technology firms, network equipment providers and others gathered in Barcelona, Spain to attend the GSMA’s annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) to show their new tech and look to the future. What’s new?  Aside from some cool […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Overcoming the Digital Gender Divide: International Girls in ICT Day

In early 2016 I visited a tech hub in Freetown, Sierra Leone that had been established by a young innovator who was passionate about advancing technology in his home country. The Sensi Tech Hub was a center of digital learning and entrepreneurship in a city that was still overcoming the devastating effects of Ebola. What […]