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Monitoring and Evaluation

Digital Impact Alliance 1.0 Endline Evaluation

In 2021, DIAL and Limestone Analytics conducted a comprehensive evaluation to assess the overall impact of DIAL's first strategy, covering October 2016 through December 2020, and its programs on…

Insights and Impact

Leave No One Behind: Leadership Series Brief #2

For the second in our series of Leadership Briefs, we share some insights on how to apply the principle of LNOB at the systems level, based on a literature review, consultations, and key informant…

DIAL 2021-2026 Strategic Plan: Digital Beacons

Working better to accelerate national digital transformations and responsible data use so that we can reach everyone, everywhere. Strategy Overview: Objective 1: Accelerate Country…

Insights and Impact

Accelerating National Digital Transformation: Leadership Series Brief #1

The concept of national digital transformation has been gaining currency across the digital ecosystem and promoted by a diverse range of actors. However, there is no agreement on what digital…

Insights and Impact

A Valuing Impact Toolkit for ICT Investment

Without an understanding of the social value created by ICT investments, it is difficult to make an informed decision about which investment is the most appropriate. The ICT sector is known for…

Insights and Impact

Unlocking the Digital Economy in Africa: Benchmarking the Digital Transformation Journey

Smart Africa and the Digital Impact Alliance organized this study to understand country progress benchmarked against the Digital Economy Blueprint for Africa. This blueprint, endorsed by the…

Insights and Impact

National Legal Data Protection Regimes: A Comparative Analysis of Six Countries

DIAL aims to support the D4D ecosystem by providing resources, such as this paper, that can help the various D4D actors (including governments, private sector firms, NGOs, and implementing…

A DIAL insights and recommendations series: Building the Next Generation of Software Developers in Sub-Saharan Africa

The digital age has led to enormous opportunities across the world and sub-Saharan Africa, but also significant challenges. This five-part DIAL Insights series explores technology-related human…

Insights and Impact

A new era of digital cooperation: 2019 Annual Memo

In this memo, we reiterate our vision and impact model for driving distributed change in the digital ecosystem (section 2). A summary of our programmatic areas, their progress this year and their…

Mobile Distribution Channels

Pooling Aid Sector Demand for Digital Public Goods: Lessons from Sizing Mobile Channel Demand in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile communication channels have the potential to deliver services targeting the underserved in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But while there have been projects that…

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