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:

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...
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....
Which ICT4D Solution is Best for Your Project?

Which ICT4D Solution is Best for Your Project?

Published on: May 08 2019 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Which ICT4D Solution is Best for Your Project?
When you buy electronic hardware like mobile phones or laptops, you check reviews, comparisons, test videos, and other resources typical for consumer products. ...
Is a Post-ICT4D World Coming? What Will You Do About It?

Is a Post-ICT4D World Coming? What Will You Do About It?

Published on: Jan 10 2019 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
I’m finding great unease in recent conversations with leading technology for development practitioners in Washington, DC and elsewhere. They are all nervous...
What Do We Call Ourselves Now: ICT4D? Digital Development? Or…?

What Do We Call Ourselves Now: ICT4D? Digital Development? Or…?

Published on: Sep 27 2018 by Wayan Vota - 8 Comments
Recently, a young Millennial was shocked when I said I was an ICT4D practitioner. She responded with a credulous, “Who calls it ICT4D anymore?” and...
USAID Guide: How to Use Machine Learning in International Development

USAID Guide: How to Use Machine Learning in International Development

Published on: Sep 24 2018 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Emerging machine learning and artificial intelligence applications promise to reshape healthcare, agriculture, and democracy in the developing world, and show tremendous...
New Download: Digital Technology Planning Tool to Improve Your Solution Evaluation and Partner Due Diligence

New Download: Digital Technology Planning Tool to Improve Your Solution Evaluation and Partner Due Diligence

Published on: Jul 18 2018 by Josh Woodard - Comments Off on New Download: Digital Technology Planning Tool to Improve Your Solution Evaluation and Partner Due Diligence
Over the past decade, I’ve worked with countless of organizations around the world to help them to think about how they can use digital technology more effectively...
Apply Now: 2018 USAID Digital Development Awards

Apply Now: 2018 USAID Digital Development Awards

Published on: May 23 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: 2018 USAID Digital Development Awards
USAID is pleased to announce the 2018 Digital Development Awards call for applications. The Digis recognize USAID projects and activities that embrace best practices...