Practical Insights on Digital Development

what is digital development?

The rapid development and adoption of digital technology are transforming economies and societies around the world. Digital solutions can help countries skip traditional stages of progress. Digital ecosystems can provide  unique opportunities for communities to accelerate their social growth.

What is Digital Development?

Digital Development is the use of information and communication technologies to to magnify the intent of communities to accelerate their social and economic development. These solutions help countries leverage technology innovations to reduce poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Practitioners use the Principles of Digital Development implementation methodologies to create successful technology-enabled programs for humanitarian aid and relief.

Why is Digital Development Important?

Digital development can help people live more free and prosperous lives. These solutions provide a unique opportunity for countries to accelerate economic growth and connect citizens to services and jobs.

In times of crisis, from natural disasters to pandemics such COVID-19, digital technologies keep people, governments and businesses connected. They foster community resilience and national self-reliance.

Multiple international development donors are funding ICT4D programs, including:

  • USAID: United States Agency for International Development
  • CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • DFID: Department for International Development
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

USAID released a Digital Strategy to help end the need for foreign assistance. The strategy focuses on digitally-supported programming that maximizes benefits and manages digital technology risks in communities.

Examples of Digital Development Programs

International development donors are funding ICT4D programs to improve social and economic outcomes of humanitarian aid programs. These solutions include technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, chatbots, digital financial services, and geographic information systems.

Here are more digital development solutions for you to review:

We Should Move From Digital Development to Digital Transformation

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Published on: Oct 27 2022 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
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Are Your Digital Development Results in USAID’s DEEM Database?

Are Your Digital Development Results in USAID’s DEEM Database?

Published on: Sep 28 2022 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Are Your Digital Development Results in USAID’s DEEM Database?
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Starting Now on Digital Transformation for Ukraine Reconstruction

Starting Now on Digital Transformation for Ukraine Reconstruction

Published on: Sep 15 2022 by Troy Etulain - Comments Off on Starting Now on Digital Transformation for Ukraine Reconstruction
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Published on: Aug 11 2022 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
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Apply Now: £45,000 to Advise FCDO on Frontier Technologies

Published on: Jul 04 2022 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: £45,000 to Advise FCDO on Frontier Technologies
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Published on: May 09 2022 by Wayan Vota - 28 Comments
UNDP created the Chief Digital Office in 2019 and observed hundreds of digital projects and challenges faced by UNDP, governments, and partners. From this experience,...
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Have You Read the UNDP Digital Strategy for 2022-2025?

Published on: May 03 2022 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
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Don’t Miss These Exciting Sessions! Register Now for GDDF 2022

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Published on: Apr 07 2022 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Please RSVP Now for the Global Digital Development Forum on May 4-5, 2022. Already over 1,300 of your peers have registered for this virtual ICT4D conference co-organized...
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Published on: Feb 03 2022 by Guest Writer - 10 Comments
Clearing out boxes of old books and reports recently, I was struck by how many ICT4D initiatives there have been over the last 20 years, many of which have simply...
Please Submit Session Ideas Now: Global Digital Development Forum 2022

Please Submit Session Ideas Now: Global Digital Development Forum 2022

Published on: Jan 20 2022 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Please Submit Session Ideas Now: Global Digital Development Forum 2022
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we brought together over 2,600 experts for the first Global Digital Development Forum in May 2020. It was an amazing success...