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What is ICT Innovation in International Development Programs?

ICT innovation in international development programs is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for better healthcare, education, and agriculture programs in low- and middle-income countries.

Technology innovations in international development and humanitarian aid projects can also lead to better governance, stronger economic growth, and more inclusive employment. These activities can promote community resilience and accelerate social advancement.

An Example of ICT Innovation in Development

There are as many technology solutions as there are development problems. For example, a farming community could be threatened by climate change challenges, like variable weather patterns and changing temperatures.

Farmers could need tailored weather information, new agricultural methodologies, access to different inputs, and greater linkages to value chains and markets. They could seek out technology enabled solutions like:

  • Geographic information systems that relay precise micro-weather predictions for their specific location.
  • Agricultural extension agents with farm-specific soil analysis for detailed seed and fertilizer usage.
  • Digital financial services to borrow, sell, profit, and save their farm income with formal banks and informal crop buyers.

More Examples of ICT Innovation in Development

Here are more examples of innovative uses of information and communication technology in humanitarian relief programs and international development projects:

Apply Now! $100,000 UNDP Grant Funding to Scale Your Digital Solution

Apply Now! $100,000 UNDP Grant Funding to Scale Your Digital Solution

Published on: May 09 2022 by Wayan Vota - 27 Comments
UNDP created the Chief Digital Office in 2019 and observed hundreds of digital projects and challenges faced by UNDP, governments, and partners. From this experience,...
5 Things Humanitarian Innovators Can Learn From the Private Sector

5 Things Humanitarian Innovators Can Learn From the Private Sector

Published on: Feb 17 2022 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 5 Things Humanitarian Innovators Can Learn From the Private Sector
While simplified stories of success from the private sector are often unhelpful for humanitarian innovators, there are things that we can learn from entrepreneurial...
Harnessing the Power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Harnessing the Power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Published on: Jul 16 2021 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Harnessing the Power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The impact of new tech shouldn’t be disappointing, but it often is.  Dr. Hans Rosling complained during the Ebola response that there were “hundreds of health-care...
Apply Now: $1 Million African Digital Startup Funding and Support

Apply Now: $1 Million African Digital Startup Funding and Support

Published on: Mar 01 2021 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
A majority of failed startup companies associate poor execution, limited funding, and market access as the primary drivers of most innovative ideas. The founders...
The ICT4D Guilty Pleasure: Reinventing Digital Wheels for Donors

The ICT4D Guilty Pleasure: Reinventing Digital Wheels for Donors

Published on: Feb 18 2021 by Nadia Andrada - 28 Comments
We are all familiar with the concept of reinventing the flat tire in digital development. That’s when we repackage a known failure as new innovation, usually...
Apply Now: $250,000 for African Disinformation Technology Solutions

Apply Now: $250,000 for African Disinformation Technology Solutions

Published on: Feb 08 2021 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
Disinformation and propaganda pose a threat to trust, cohesion, and security. The menace of fake news can no longer be ignored. Misinformation can divide society,...
New USAID Global Health Innovation Index Ranking Framework

New USAID Global Health Innovation Index Ranking Framework

Published on: Dec 02 2020 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on New USAID Global Health Innovation Index Ranking Framework
Global health is a priority for USAID as the Agency works to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies. Our global health programs are focused...
Please Nominate Your Digital Public Good Software and Data Today!

Please Nominate Your Digital Public Good Software and Data Today!

Published on: Nov 19 2020 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Please Nominate Your Digital Public Good Software and Data Today!
The Digital Public Goods Alliance is a network of partners from different sectors who contribute to the identification, support, scale-up, and proper use of digital...
Improving Tuberculosis Care with Behavior Change Technology

Improving Tuberculosis Care with Behavior Change Technology

Published on: Jul 02 2020 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Improving Tuberculosis Care with Behavior Change Technology
In the last twenty years, an explosion of research in the social sciences has demonstrated that seemingly small changes in the decision environment, such as a change...
Apply Now: $1.5 Million Grant Funding for Health Security Technology

Apply Now: $1.5 Million Grant Funding for Health Security Technology

Published on: May 18 2020 by Wayan Vota - 8 Comments
The novel coronavirus disease is the latest in a series of infectious disease emergencies, including cholera, Ebola, SARS, Chikungunya, HIV/AIDS, and influenza....