Practical Insights on ICT4D

What Do We Call Ourselves Now: ICT4D? Digital Development? Or…?

What Do We Call Ourselves Now: ICT4D? Digital Development? Or…?

Published on: Sep 27 2018 by Wayan Vota - 8 Comments
Recently, a young Millennial was shocked when I said I was an ICT4D practitioner. She responded with a credulous, “Who calls it ICT4D anymore?” and...
Three Ways to Improve the Impact of ICT4D Research on International Development

Three Ways to Improve the Impact of ICT4D Research on International Development

Published on: Sep 12 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Three Ways to Improve the Impact of ICT4D Research on International Development
A primary objective of any research field, and ICT4D is no exception, is to have a significant research impact on their domain of interest. The thrust of In ICT4D...
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...
Alexa, When Will Natural Language Processing Revolutionize ICT4D? Your Weekend Long Reads

Alexa, When Will Natural Language Processing Revolutionize ICT4D? Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Jan 27 2018 by Steve Vosloo - 1 Comment
While ICT4D innovates from the ground up, most tech we use comes from the top. Yes, it takes a little time for the prices of commercial services in Silicon Valley...
Are Your ICT4D Success Metrics Realistic or Fantastic?

Are Your ICT4D Success Metrics Realistic or Fantastic?

Published on: Jan 18 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Are Your ICT4D Success Metrics Realistic or Fantastic?
At a past employer, my team was talking with our farmer constituents about their adoption of our new rice-growing ICTforAg technology. The team was shocked and...
What is Your ICT4D Strategy in International Development?

What is Your ICT4D Strategy in International Development?

Published on: Dec 06 2017 by Catholic Relief Services - Comments Off on What is Your ICT4D Strategy in International Development?
In a mobile-first and cloud-first world, where information comes in torrents and connectivity gets ever-closer to ubiquitous it can be tempting to assume that the...
Who Is Really Leading Your ICT4D Intervention?

Who Is Really Leading Your ICT4D Intervention?

Published on: Nov 29 2017 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
At a previous employer, I was always shocked at the role of the national staff in the organization. Here were some of the smartest, most dedicated professionals...
Your Current ICT4D Skills Should Be Obsolete in Five Years

Your Current ICT4D Skills Should Be Obsolete in Five Years

Published on: Nov 16 2017 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Your Current ICT4D Skills Should Be Obsolete in Five Years
What is the role of ICT4D professionals within an international development organization? I was recently asked this question by three large USAID implementing partners....
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...
Thank You For Complaining About Our ICT4D Intervention

Thank You For Complaining About Our ICT4D Intervention

Published on: Nov 09 2017 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Recently, I received a strong complaint about an ICT4D intervention I was working on. At first my colleagues who were helping me with this project and I were angry...