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:

New USAID Report: How Digital Solutions Can Support Nutrition Service Delivery

New USAID Report: How Digital Solutions Can Support Nutrition Service Delivery

Published on: Sep 23 2020 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank estimated that 47 million children younger than 5 years were moderately...
Apply Now: £250,000 for Your Assistive Digital Technology in Africa & Asia

Apply Now: £250,000 for Your Assistive Digital Technology in Africa & Asia

Published on: Sep 21 2020 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: £250,000 for Your Assistive Digital Technology in Africa & Asia
The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated connectivity is a fundamental right. Never before has it been so important for people across the world to access daily...
Apply Now: $250,000 Cisco Youth Leadership Award for Tech Innovation

Apply Now: $250,000 Cisco Youth Leadership Award for Tech Innovation

Published on: Sep 01 2020 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Around the world, countless people face daily inequalities. There’s no country in the world where girls and women have equal opportunities to boys and men....
Mainstreaming Digital Development. Why It’s No Longer a Choice

Mainstreaming Digital Development. Why It’s No Longer a Choice

Published on: Jul 16 2020 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
It’s been a crazy few months. As a company that’s remotely worked without any offices for six years now, we’ve watched as everyone has had to learn what we...
Read Now: USAID’s First Ever Digital Development Strategy

Read Now: USAID’s First Ever Digital Development Strategy

Published on: Apr 16 2020 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Now more than ever, as the global development community works to deliver life-saving assistance and relay crucial information via COVID-19 Digital Response, the...
Please RSVP Now: Global Digital Development Forum – a Virtual ICT4D Conference

Please RSVP Now: Global Digital Development Forum – a Virtual ICT4D Conference

Published on: Mar 30 2020 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Please RSVP Now: Global Digital Development Forum – a Virtual ICT4D Conference
We are all rapidly mobilizing for COVID-19 Digital Response. At the same time, we still need to solve long-term challenges to achieve the Sustainable Development...
10 Most Valuable GitHub Repositories for Digital Development

10 Most Valuable GitHub Repositories for Digital Development

Published on: Mar 18 2020 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
GitHub is an enormous software developer network with over 30 million accounts, more than 2 million organizations, and over 96 million repositories. And yes, many...
Coronavirus Canceled Your Conference – Let’s Organize a Virtual Event!

Coronavirus Canceled Your Conference – Let’s Organize a Virtual Event!

Published on: Mar 05 2020 by Wayan Vota - 67 Comments
With over 95,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in 76 countries and over 3,200 deaths globally, in-person events are being canceled at an accelerated rate....
New USAID Tool for Investing in Your Digital Development Solution

New USAID Tool for Investing in Your Digital Development Solution

Published on: Dec 09 2019 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Many USAID activities implement digital solutions to make development more adaptive, efficient, and responsive to citizens and decision-makers. Using ICT4D solutions...
What is in USAID’s First Ever Digital Development Strategy?

What is in USAID’s First Ever Digital Development Strategy?

Published on: Oct 24 2019 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on What is in USAID’s First Ever Digital Development Strategy?
Building on decades of USAID leadership in digital development, soon USAID will launch its first Digital Strategy (2019-2024), an Agency-wide vision for development...