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A Magnificent Milestone: DFID is 100th Endorser of Principles for Digital Development!

By Wayan Vota on May 8, 2018

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Today, DFID became the 100th endorsing organization for the Principles of Digital Development. Congratulations to the Digital Impact Alliance, DFID, and the international development community for a magnificent milestone!

Four years ago this month, I remember meeting with Merrick Schaefer and a few others to figure out how we were going to get anyone to adopt 9 seemingly obvious, but obviously ignored principles for better ICT4D projects.

After much debate, we settled on developing a core set of believers who could then evangelize the Digital Principles to the greater ICT4D community.  This process was wildly successful. What started with a few hopeful emails to others, became a series of meetings, and then a whole movement, now led by DIAL on a global stage.

Along the way, the Digital Principles have helped CRS create an ICT4D strategy, made other sectors ask where their principles are, and inspired at least two new sets of principles:

It’s now with great pleasure that we can all celebrate DFID’s principled digital strategy. Thank you to everyone for helping us build a dynamic community of technology practitioners – and the community is still growing!

Like any living body of knowledge, there is a community forum to support the Digital Principles and you can advocate for your organization to be the 101st endorser.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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