Practical Insights on Digital Development

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Digital Development is Humanitarian Relief

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:

Did You Know ICT4D Is Dead? Long Live ICT4D!

Did You Know ICT4D Is Dead? Long Live ICT4D!

Published on: Jan 11 2024 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
At the 2023 Global Digital Development Forum, I prepared a lightning talk on ICT4D and its continued use as a term to describe the intersection of tech and social...
What is ICT4D, Tech4Good, and Digital Development in International Development?

What is ICT4D, Tech4Good, and Digital Development in International Development?

Published on: Jul 06 2023 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on What is ICT4D, Tech4Good, and Digital Development in International Development?
In the ever-evolving landscape of international development, digital technology has been recognized as a critical tool for achieving impactful results. The intersection...
How Universities Can Move the Digital Agenda Forward

How Universities Can Move the Digital Agenda Forward

Published on: Mar 02 2023 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on How Universities Can Move the Digital Agenda Forward
Digital transformation is disrupting the field of international development and propelling it into new directions. International development professionals will...
USAID How To Guide: Using the Digital Principles in Project Design

USAID How To Guide: Using the Digital Principles in Project Design

Published on: Jan 18 2023 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
USAID design teams should be integrating the Principles for Digital Development into their project and activity design processes. The Digital Principles provide...
An Emerging Digital for Development Paradigm for ICT4D 3.0

An Emerging Digital for Development Paradigm for ICT4D 3.0

Published on: Dec 28 2022 by Richard Heeks - 1 Comment
What has changed in the decade or so since the ideas of a new “ICT4D 2.0” phase were first mooted? New building blocks of development: digital roles, digital...
Congratulations! USAID 2022 Digital Development Award Winners

Congratulations! USAID 2022 Digital Development Award Winners

Published on: Dec 21 2022 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Congratulations! USAID 2022 Digital Development Award Winners
 Winners of the USAID Digital Development Awards are helping countries and communities work toward sustainable growth and resilience by building digital skills...
FCDO Funding for Digital Development Programs to Improve Aid

FCDO Funding for Digital Development Programs to Improve Aid

Published on: Dec 07 2022 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on FCDO Funding for Digital Development Programs to Improve Aid
The past decade has seen the United Kingdom’s government continue to evolve its strategy of “doing development in a digital world” from a sectoral lens towards...
We Should Move From Digital Development to Digital Transformation

We Should Move From Digital Development to Digital Transformation

Published on: Oct 27 2022 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
At the recent event exploring How Mobile Phones are Catalyzing an African Revolution, I was excited to hear Christopher Burns expanding on the idea that we are...
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?
USAID created the Digital Strategy Digital Ecosystem Evidence Map (DEEM) to give us a searchable database and world map of digital development evidence from across...
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
When the war in Ukraine comes to an end (hopefully with Ukraine having recovered all of its territory, including Crimea), Western countries are likely to provide...