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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.
USAID How To Guide: Using the Digital Principles in Project Design

USAID How To Guide: Using the Digital Principles in Project Design

Published on: Jan 18 2023 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
USAID design teams should be integrating the Principles for Digital Development into their project and activity design processes. The Digital Principles provide...
10 Ethical Use Principles for Artificial Intelligence in the UN System

10 Ethical Use Principles for Artificial Intelligence in the UN System

Published on: Oct 26 2022 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on 10 Ethical Use Principles for Artificial Intelligence in the UN System
Artificial intelligence has profound and dynamic positive and negative impacts on societies, the environment, ecosystems and human lives, including the human mind,...
10 Common ICT4D Myths Still Relevant 12 Years Later

10 Common ICT4D Myths Still Relevant 12 Years Later

Published on: Aug 18 2022 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 10 Common ICT4D Myths Still Relevant 12 Years Later
 Information and communication technology is changing the world around us day by day. Most of these changes are, of course, for the better. One of the first groups...
Introducing the Health Data Governance Principles

Introducing the Health Data Governance Principles

Published on: Jun 29 2022 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Introducing the Health Data Governance Principles
 As technology is rapidly changing the world we live in, health systems around the world are increasingly using the power of digitisation. When utilised appropriately,...
Introducing the 6 Principles for Subnational Data Use for Development

Introducing the 6 Principles for Subnational Data Use for Development

Published on: May 18 2022 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Introducing the 6 Principles for Subnational Data Use for Development
Calls for more inclusive development activity, aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and an increasingly complex set of development actors...
5 Ways to Implement 9 UN Principles for Responsible Digital Payments

5 Ways to Implement 9 UN Principles for Responsible Digital Payments

Published on: Feb 23 2022 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on 5 Ways to Implement 9 UN Principles for Responsible Digital Payments
The transformative power of digital payments will be invaluable in rebuilding economies from the wreckage of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for women and girls...
What Are Your Thoughts on Health Data Governance Principles?

What Are Your Thoughts on Health Data Governance Principles?

Published on: Nov 25 2021 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on What Are Your Thoughts on Health Data Governance Principles?
Over the last several decades, the collection and use of health data have grown in complexity and have become increasingly indivisible from the operation of health...
Principles for Driving the Digital Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Principles for Driving the Digital Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Published on: Jul 22 2021 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Around 15 per cent of the world’s population, or an estimated one billion people are persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are at a disadvantage...
Digital Health Centre of Excellence for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Digital Health Centre of Excellence for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Published on: May 20 2021 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
As countries are operationalizing their COVID-19 pandemic response plans, including National Deployment and Vaccination Plans for COVID-19 vaccines, the need for...
Is It Finally Time to Retire Sustainability in ICT4D?

Is It Finally Time to Retire Sustainability in ICT4D?

Published on: May 06 2021 by Josh Woodard - 30 Comments
Talk – and debate – of the term “sustainability” in ICT4D is nothing new. The theme has been discussed on ICTworks for more than a decade....