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International Development Cooperation in the Digital Age

FDCO Digital Development Strategy

The UK Aid Strategy for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO, the new DFID) sets out 4 strategic objectives in order to eliminate poverty, advance the UK’s national interest, and support the UN Global Goals:

  • strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • promoting global prosperity
  • tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable

Using technology, FCDO aims to continue DFID’s support the effective administration of the department and improve the flow of knowledge, so that FCDO staff can help the world’s poorest by being able to:

  • effectively deliver the UK’s aid programme and continue to improve aid quality through monitoring and evaluation, sharing knowledge and lesson learning
  • share data and collaborate across the department, UK government, donors, partner governments, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and multilateral and private sector partners

FCDO works at the intersection of technology, innovation, and international development to explore how digital solutions can achieve positive social impact.

Posts on FCDO/DFID Programmes

Read our growing list of news and insights on how FCDO is investing grant funding in digital development programming. DFID supported innovative ICT4D solutions in health, education, agriculture and civil society.

Giving Thanks to ICT4D Donors that Changed Digital Development

Giving Thanks to ICT4D Donors that Changed Digital Development

Published on: Nov 24 2022 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
Today in the USA it is the Thanksgiving holiday, which historically was a day we gave thanks for a bountiful summer harvest and successful preparations for winter....
Apply Now: £45,000 to Advise FCDO on Frontier Technologies

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
New technologies and methodologies are disrupting and reshaping individuals, societies and economies. Emerging capabilities like machine learning, drones, blockchain...
Apply Now: £60,000 for Decentralized Web3 Solutions in Aid Programing

Apply Now: £60,000 for Decentralized Web3 Solutions in Aid Programing

Published on: Feb 07 2022 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
The World Wide Web was originally conceived as an open protocol with value shared among decentralized systems and users. This Web 1.0 vision soon became Web 2.0...
The ICT4D Guilty Pleasure: Reinventing Digital Wheels for Donors

The ICT4D Guilty Pleasure: Reinventing Digital Wheels for Donors

Published on: Feb 18 2021 by Nadia Andrada - 28 Comments
We are all familiar with the concept of reinventing the flat tire in digital development. That’s when we repackage a known failure as new innovation, usually...
9 EduTech Lessons Learned During COVID-19 Digital Response

9 EduTech Lessons Learned During COVID-19 Digital Response

Published on: Sep 02 2020 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Since the onset of coronavirus, the EduTech Hub Helpdesk Team has responded to requests from DFID advisers and World Bank staff across 15 countries across Africa,...
Apply Now: £200,000 DFID Grant Funding for Resilient Health Systems

Apply Now: £200,000 DFID Grant Funding for Resilient Health Systems

Published on: Jun 08 2020 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
We know from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that reductions in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services persisted well...
Apply Now: £500,000 DFID Grant Funding for COVID-19 Digital Response

Apply Now: £500,000 DFID Grant Funding for COVID-19 Digital Response

Published on: Apr 28 2020 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
Governments and civil society in low- and middle-income countries often lack the digital infrastructure to capture, share, and use data in the timescales and distance...
How DFID Uses Data to Make Development Program Decisions

How DFID Uses Data to Make Development Program Decisions

Published on: Dec 02 2019 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
As DFID aims to harness the Data Revolution, ensuring that data – both quantitative and qualitative information – drive decision-making, public accountability,...
Want DFID Grant Funding? Then Use Digital Principles in Your Proposals

Want DFID Grant Funding? Then Use Digital Principles in Your Proposals

Published on: Aug 19 2019 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
The Department for International Development (DFID) is a United Kingdom government department responsible for administering £10.9 billion GBP in overseas aid....
Apply Now: £130,400 to Fly UAV Drones for DFID and UNICEF

Apply Now: £130,400 to Fly UAV Drones for DFID and UNICEF

Published on: Aug 05 2019 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
There are multiple uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for aerial mapping and medical supply activities like blood and drug deliveries. However, the majority...