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What Are Best Practices in ICT4D?

By Guest Writer on July 10, 2013


My name is Neelley Hicks and I am the Director of ICT4D Initiatives at the communications agency of The United Methodist Church. I had the dubious distinction of winning Fail Faire DC 2012 for my stories of the Church’s past failures in using technology for development. I was glad to be part of this discussion because while making mistakes is almost inevitable, learning from them is not.

But what if you want a one-stop-shop for best practice in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for development projects? Where do you go?

When I asked myself this question, I was surprised to find that while there are lots of excellent blog posts, journal articles, white papers, and guides on various aspects of ICT4D, there was no one centralized source for dedicated to a discussion of this topic.

To gather some of these ideas together, and to invite a community discussion, this month we launched the blog series Best Practice in ICT4D: A Conversation.  We’ve published interviews with a variety of thought leaders in the ICT4D field, including technologists, donors and implementers, and there’s more to come.

Some of my favorite take-aways from these interviews include:

Join the conversation by posting your questions, comments and reactions on the blog, or on Twitter using #ICT4DBP. I look forward to hearing from you!

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One Comment to “What Are Best Practices in ICT4D?”

  1. Tim Hatt, Senior Analyst, Mobile for Development Intelligence says:

    A great collation of ideas from key thinkers and doers in the ICT sector. The GSMA Mobile for Development Intelligence group is also heavily involved in identifying the barriers to scaling the M4D sector, with our recent Scaling Mobile report a guide to these across the developing world.

    You can access it for free: