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Introducing the Updated Principles for Digital Development

By Wayan Vota on May 8, 2024

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Since their inception in 2014, the Principles for Digital Development have been endorsed by over 300 organizations globally – including donors, multilateral institutions, civil society organizations, and for-profit companies – as a compass for best practices in digital transformation.

Numerous development cooperation agencies reference the Principles in their procurements, program design, and staff development. The Principles are now a common frame of reference across the development sector.

Updated Digital Principles

As the digital development ecosystem matures and evolves, we must ensure the Digital Principles remain a valuable resource for the good of people and communities across the world. DIAL and its partners updated the Principles to reflect the realities of today’s world, where technology touches every aspect of society.

The updated Principles for Digital Development serve as a compass for those working to promote sustainable and inclusive development in today’s complex digital landscape. Through a new Preamble and iterations to the 9 Principles, the updated version better emphasizes the need to:

  • Above all, Do No Harm
  • Prioritize radical inclusion and local ownership
  • Elevate issues related to data governance and empowerment
  • Use open approaches to innovation, such as interoperability
  • Speak to government officials, policymakers, and the private sector

Using these Principles as a starting point, policymakers, practitioners, and technologists will be better equipped to ensure that all people can benefit from digital initiatives and from the broader digital society.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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One Comment to “Introducing the Updated Principles for Digital Development”

  1. Nathaniel Calhoun says:

    Saw the title. Thought, “oh, they will finally have removed or watered down the clear requirement to building open source.” Opened article. Confirmed. One less thing to be hopeful about.

    Hoping my first impression is off base.

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