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ICT4D Digital Principles in International Development

International development projects in ICT4D are adopting digital principles that aim to ensure that digital technologies are used in a way that is effective, sustainable, and inclusive. Digital Principles are developed to promote the responsible use of digital technologies to advance development goals.

Many of the digital principles below incorporate these key ideas:

  1. Prioritize user needs. Digital development projects should be designed with a deep understanding of the needs, preferences, and capabilities of the people who will use them.
  2. Promote innovation and continuous learning. Digital development projects should encourage innovation and experimentation, and should be designed in a way that allows for ongoing learning and improvement.
  3. Ensure digital security and privacy. Digital development projects should prioritize the security and privacy of users, and should be designed in a way that protects against potential threats or breaches.
Introducing USAID Principles for Educational Technology Investments

Introducing USAID Principles for Educational Technology Investments

Published on: Jun 19 2024 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Today, a range of educational technologies are increasingly ubiquitous in many of the communities where USAID works and are relatively inexpensive for educational...
Introducing ASEAN Guiding Principles for Ethical AI Governance

Introducing ASEAN Guiding Principles for Ethical AI Governance

Published on: Jun 05 2024 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Responsible AI is much more difficult to capture in a broad, catch-all definition, as the very notion of “responsibility” is closely tied to broader digital...
What About Open Transfer Instead of Open Source Software?

What About Open Transfer Instead of Open Source Software?

Published on: May 09 2024 by Wayan Vota - 7 Comments
At a recent discussion about the Principles for Digital Development, a common debate took hold of participants: should we keep the Open Source clause in the “Open...
Introducing the Updated Principles for Digital Development

Introducing the Updated Principles for Digital Development

Published on: May 08 2024 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Since their inception in 2014, the Principles for Digital Development have been endorsed by over 300 organizations globally – including donors, multilateral...
Please Help Update the Digital Principles for the Next Decade

Please Help Update the Digital Principles for the Next Decade

Published on: Jan 25 2024 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
The Principles for Digital Development are relevant and valuable guidelines for the increasingly expansive ecosystem of digital development actors. The Principles...
Introducing 10 Responsible Chatbot Usage Principles  

Introducing 10 Responsible Chatbot Usage Principles  

Published on: Jan 03 2024 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Introducing 10 Responsible Chatbot Usage Principles  
When a new technology is introduced in healthcare, it invites meticulous scrutiny. Conversational AI is no exception. Exchange sensitive health information with...
13 Principles for Digital Transformation for Development – DX4D

13 Principles for Digital Transformation for Development – DX4D

Published on: Dec 27 2023 by Richard Heeks - 1 Comment
What good-practice principles can be drawn from the literature on digital-transformation-for-development (DX4D)? “Digital transformation” has become something...
Introducing the Donor Principles for Human Rights in the Digital Age

Introducing the Donor Principles for Human Rights in the Digital Age

Published on: Nov 01 2023 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Introducing the Donor Principles for Human Rights in the Digital Age
The Donor Principles for Human Rights in the Digital Age is a new set of principles that establish an international framework to provide governments with a blueprint...
Please RSVP Now: How to Update the Digital Principles for Another Decade?

Please RSVP Now: How to Update the Digital Principles for Another Decade?

Published on: Oct 16 2023 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Please RSVP Now: How to Update the Digital Principles for Another Decade?
The Principles for Digital Development turn 10 years old next year, offering a great opportunity to reflect on their legacy and consider light updates to the Principles...
3 Core Principles for a Feminist Global Digital Compact

3 Core Principles for a Feminist Global Digital Compact

Published on: May 25 2023 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 3 Core Principles for a Feminist Global Digital Compact
The UN Global Digital Compact seeks to outline shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all. These core principles of openness, freedom...