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: 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...
What is the Future of Digital Development in 2028?

What is the Future of Digital Development in 2028?

Published on: Mar 12 2018 by Guest Writer - 4 Comments
I am Jonathan Donner, Senior Director of Research at Caribou Digital, and for the USAID Digital Development Forum, I was asked to give a keynote presentation on...
3 Data Types Every ICT4D Organization Needs – Your Weekend Long Reads

3 Data Types Every ICT4D Organization Needs – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Mar 10 2018 by Steve Vosloo - Comments Off on 3 Data Types Every ICT4D Organization Needs – Your Weekend Long Reads
After five years researching the effectiveness of non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the USA, Stanford University lecturer Kathleen Kelly Janus found that while...
Every Big Data Algorithm Needs a Data Storyteller and Data Activist – Your Weekend Long Reads

Every Big Data Algorithm Needs a Data Storyteller and Data Activist – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Mar 03 2018 by Steve Vosloo - 2 Comments
The use of big data by public institutions is increasingly shaping peoples’ lives. In the USA, algorithms influence the criminal justice system through risk...
In ICT4D We’re Principled, But Are We Practiced Enough? – Your Weekend Long Reads

In ICT4D We’re Principled, But Are We Practiced Enough? – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Feb 17 2018 by Steve Vosloo - 2 Comments
Starting with the Principles for Digital Development, we now have principles for many development sectors,and principles for cross-cutting themes, including principles...
Please RSVP Now for USAID Digital Development Forum: The Next 10 Years

Please RSVP Now for USAID Digital Development Forum: The Next 10 Years

Published on: Jan 10 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Twenty years ago, USAID’s groundbreaking Leland Initiative helped accelerate the internet revolution in African countries. It was followed by numerous other programs,...
The Top 10 ICT4D Project Failures Will Surprise You

The Top 10 ICT4D Project Failures Will Surprise You

Published on: Nov 15 2017 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
What day-to-day failures do you expect to happen most in your ICT4D projects? Laptop theft? Viruses? Outright malfeasance? I worry every day about the risks to...
Digital Technologies for Resilience in Asia-Pacific

Digital Technologies for Resilience in Asia-Pacific

Published on: Jun 26 2017 by Josh Woodard - 2 Comments
We live in an increasingly volatile and uncertain world. The risks to much of the world’s population that stem from climatic, political, and economic fluctuations...
Your Fancy Android App Needs an Offline Mode

Your Fancy Android App Needs an Offline Mode

Published on: Jun 01 2017 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
You’ve done your user-centered design, you’ve assessed your constituents, and you’ve determined that an Android application is the best way to...
The Continuing Need for Infomediaries in Digital Development

The Continuing Need for Infomediaries in Digital Development

Published on: May 17 2017 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
When we advocate for investments in new digital development solutions, we often make the case for them to be dead simple to use, expecting our constituents to be...