Practical Insights on ICT4D

what is ICT4D?

What is ICT4D?

Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) is the use of digital solutions to magnify the intent of communities to accelerate their social and economic development.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) include hardware, software, content, and the design and implementation methodologies required for their successful adoption. ICT4D employs all technology interventions that can assist poor and marginalized people. Radio, television, mobile phones, artificial intelligence, blockchain, UAV drones, and geographic information systems are common digital tools.

Who Uses ICT4D Solutions?

ICT4D advisors use digital development approaches to deploy cutting-edge innovations in the world’s more difficult environments. They work to reduce the digital divide in education, healthcare, agriculture, and civil society. Advisors  ensure equitable access to information and communication technologies around the world, minimizing disparities in gender, geography, and wealth.

Experts in ICT4D solutions work for major donors, like USAID, DFID, and the Gates Foundation, their implementing partner organizations, and humanitarian aid organizations. They also work in national and local governments, and the private sector.

What Are ICT4D Solutions?

ICTs are deploying in multiple sectors to improve international development outcomes. Here are the three most popular ICT4D solution areas:

  • Healthcare: Mobile phone applications can help patients self-diagnose their ailments using the camera, microphone, or other sensor. Front line health workers can use electronic medical records to track patients, and healthcare managers employ big data and algorithms to see disease patterns at national scale.
  • Education: Students read eBooks to improve their reading ability while teachers employ computer-assisted adaptive testing to understand learner needs. School headmasters leverage educational management information systems to predict learning solutions.
  • Agriculture: Farmers work with drones and GIS to modernize farming practices taught by extension agents trained in online learning programs. Ministries estimate crop yields with real-time satellite data.

Examples of ICT4D Solutions

ICTworks is constantly researching emerging ICT4D programs to identify successful interventions and share lessons learned with our growing readership. You can learn more about impactful projects in the expanding list below:

A Call to Technologists on Technology and (Dis)Empowerment

A Call to Technologists on Technology and (Dis)Empowerment

Published on: Nov 03 2022 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Several fascinating Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) innovations have emerged over the years and ICTworks has regularly profiled...
Are Your Digital Development Results in USAID’s DEEM Database?

Are Your Digital Development Results in USAID’s DEEM Database?

Published on: Sep 28 2022 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Are Your Digital Development Results in USAID’s DEEM Database?
USAID created the Digital Strategy Digital Ecosystem Evidence Map (DEEM) to give us a searchable database and world map of digital development evidence from across...
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...
Do We Still Need to be Doing ICT4D Academic Research?

Do We Still Need to be Doing ICT4D Academic Research?

Published on: Jul 14 2022 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
The field of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) has a history that dates back some 35–40 years (Avgerou, 2017; Heeks, 2014). The...
What the Top 10 ICTworks Posts of 2021 Tell Us About Digital Development

What the Top 10 ICTworks Posts of 2021 Tell Us About Digital Development

Published on: Jan 06 2022 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on What the Top 10 ICTworks Posts of 2021 Tell Us About Digital Development
Wow! 2021 was a great year for ICTworks. We maintained 25,000 email subscribers all year by culling old emails as we welcomed new readers, resulting in an average...
5 Additional Ways to Create Digital Development Sustainability

5 Additional Ways to Create Digital Development Sustainability

Published on: Dec 23 2021 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
We constantly talk about sustainability when designing and refining digital solutions, but what do we really mean when we say it? Josh Woodard’s post “Is It...
Register Now: $200 Million USAID Digital Strategy Proposal Opportunity

Register Now: $200 Million USAID Digital Strategy Proposal Opportunity

Published on: Nov 22 2021 by Wayan Vota - 21 Comments
Do you want to implement the USAID Digital Strategy? Are you excited by appropriate technology solutions in USAID programming? Or are you already working on inclusive...
New Toolkit: 5 Methods to Value ICT4D Project Impact for Donors and Government

New Toolkit: 5 Methods to Value ICT4D Project Impact for Donors and Government

Published on: Jan 08 2021 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on New Toolkit: 5 Methods to Value ICT4D Project Impact for Donors and Government
There is a growing demand from donors, implementers, and governments to apply valuing impact approaches to ICT investments. Decision makers want to understand the...
Is Twitter Now Dead for Lively #ICT4D Discussions? Asking for a Friend…

Is Twitter Now Dead for Lively #ICT4D Discussions? Asking for a Friend…

Published on: Dec 30 2020 by Wayan Vota - 28 Comments
#ICT4D Twitter Used to be Great I remember a heyday of Twitter for ICT4D discussions. Around 2009-2010, Twitter was the place to be for great digital development...
Read Now: USAID’s First Ever Digital Development Strategy

Read Now: USAID’s First Ever Digital Development Strategy

Published on: Apr 16 2020 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Now more than ever, as the global development community works to deliver life-saving assistance and relay crucial information via COVID-19 Digital Response, the...