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, […]

Guest Blog: Gender, Gender-Based Violence and Information Communication Technologies: A Hippocratic Approach

When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​women’s​ ​economic and social empowerment, information communication technology​ (ICT) is often considered a great equalizer. It is true that ICTs can provide women​ ​and​ ​underrepresented​ ​populations​​ ​access to​ ​financial services,​ ​new​ ​market opportunities, life-enhancing​ ​services and greater​ ​security.​ However, technology is ultimately just a tool that magnifies and mirrors the world we live […]

Cross-Post: Why Are Women Less Likely to Own a Phone?

This article was featured on the NetHope blog. The original post can be found here.  Much has been written about the gender gap in mobile phone usage, specifically on why women are less likely to have access to this technology than men; why women are less likely to be technically literate than men; and why women […]

Cross-Post: From Farm to Phone to Table: A Case Study Series Explores the Impact of Digital Tools on Agriculture

Cross-Posted from NextBillion Over the past 10 years, and particularly over the past five, the use of mobile phones and internet-enabled, digital tools in farming activities has skyrocketed. Today, the smartphone or tablet is no longer seen just in the developed world; at least one mobile phone now sits in the pockets or hands of […]

The Challenge of Upholding Data Privacy in Digital Development

Across the global development community, non-profits, government agencies, and humanitarian response organizations are using data to catalyze innovation through increasing mobile access, scaling up field operations and promoting inclusive decisions between implementers and beneficiaries. While organizations may act with best intentions, and in doing so, embrace digitization and adopt advanced analytics to improve these efforts, issues […]

The Future of Data-Driven Agriculture

Last week USAID and the Sustainability Innovation Lab at CU-Boulder (SILC) hosted a two-day interactive workshop on leveraging big data to further agricultural development around the globe. The convening, held in Boulder, gathered a cross-disciplinary group including researchers, agronomists, digital agtech startups, data scientists, non-profits, foundations and venture capital firms to examine how data science […]

Taking Pragmatic Steps to Advance National ID Efforts for Development

While the world watched one inauguration on January 20th, over 5,000 miles away, another incoming President, Nana Akufo-Addo, delivered his address at his inauguration in Ghana a few days earlier. One of the key promises that President Akufo-Addo has made is to reform the current national identification system started under his predecessor in 2003. Why […]

Fending Off ‘Pilotitis’ in Global Tech

In 2008, Uganda started coming down with a condition well known to the international development community. It wasn’t a virus or disease; it was a case of “pilotitis.” As many as 80 NGOs were testing consumer-facing mobile health (mHealth) programs at once, but none of the pilots were scalable, interoperable, or meaningfully coordinated. The rush […]

Cross-Post: Why the World Bank endorses the Principles for Digital Development

In March of this year, DIAL assumed the stewardship of the Principles for Digital Development and will continue to build off the community insights, recommendations, convenings and knowledge that have been shared over the past year. DIAL will continue to work with and engage the community on practical next steps to operationalize the Principles to […]

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, […]