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 […]

Cross-Post: Beyond Proof of Concept: do we have the right structure to take disruptive technologies to production?

This blog post is originally featured on the World Bank Group’s Data Blog, found here “Every company is a technology company”. This idea, popularized by Gartner, can be seen unfolding in every sector of the economy as firms and governments adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies to achieve their goals. The development sector is no exception, and like […]

Cross-Post: Demystifying Technologies for Digital Identification

With more than 1.1 billion individuals without official proof of identity, a myriad of technologies is advancing at a faster speed than ever before and becoming more affordable, making it possible for nations to leapfrog paper based approaches of the past. Yet, it is becoming a challenge to understand and keep up with the various […]

Cross-Post: What Does The Rise of Digital Development Mean for NGOs?

Matt Haikin, an ICT for Development (ICT4D) practitioner, summarizes a new paper on digital development in East Africa reports and the challenges for Oxfam and other international NGOs. I’d been living in Nairobi for a couple of months, meeting all the interesting ‘tech for good’ types I could find (and there are a LOT for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]