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:

Apply Now: 4 Ways to Launch Your Digital Development Career Today

Apply Now: 4 Ways to Launch Your Digital Development Career Today

Published on: Jan 03 2022 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Do you want to start our grow your career in digital development? Are you excited to use ICT4D to increase impact in 2022? Can you imagine yourself accelerating...
5 Additional Ways to Create Digital Development Sustainability

5 Additional Ways to Create Digital Development Sustainability

Published on: Dec 23 2021 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
We constantly talk about sustainability when designing and refining digital solutions, but what do we really mean when we say it? Josh Woodard’s post “Is It...
US Global Food Security Strategy Gets A Digital Development Upgrade!

US Global Food Security Strategy Gets A Digital Development Upgrade!

Published on: Dec 15 2021 by Josh Woodard - Comments Off on US Global Food Security Strategy Gets A Digital Development Upgrade!
The new U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS), from 2022-2026, has recently launched with some notable changes when it comes to digital development....
Register Now: $200 Million USAID Digital Strategy Proposal Opportunity

Register Now: $200 Million USAID Digital Strategy Proposal Opportunity

Published on: Nov 22 2021 by Wayan Vota - 21 Comments
Do you want to implement the USAID Digital Strategy? Are you excited by appropriate technology solutions in USAID programming? Or are you already working on inclusive...
New USAID Cybersecurity Primer for Digital Development Programs

New USAID Cybersecurity Primer for Digital Development Programs

Published on: Nov 18 2021 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on New USAID Cybersecurity Primer for Digital Development Programs
The USAID Cybersecurity Primer introduces the concept of cybersecurity as a development challenge, presents opportunities to integrate cybersecurity in programming,...
Which Digital Development Solution is Best for Your Humanitarian Project?

Which Digital Development Solution is Best for Your Humanitarian Project?

Published on: Oct 21 2021 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
If you work for a global humanitarian organization, you probably know the challenges in finding accurate, complete, reliable, and up to date data on digital development...
New USAID Digital Ecosystem Framework for International Development

New USAID Digital Ecosystem Framework for International Development

Published on: Sep 29 2021 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
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10 Human Rights Impacts of Land Governance Digitalization

10 Human Rights Impacts of Land Governance Digitalization

Published on: Sep 10 2021 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Digitalization – the adoption and use of information and communica­tions technologies (ICT) and artificial intelligence in different sectors and every­...
The Future of International Development Programmes in the Digital Age

The Future of International Development Programmes in the Digital Age

Published on: Sep 01 2021 by Guest Writer - 5 Comments
In January 2021, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH conducted a series of interviews as part of a strategic foresight project....
Don’t Build It. A Guide for ICT4D Practitioners to Just Say No

Don’t Build It. A Guide for ICT4D Practitioners to Just Say No

Published on: Jul 28 2021 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
The central problem of software is that anything can be built. With a physical structure, nature and physics puts some constraints on the space of ideas. With software,...