Principles for Design & Development

The Principles

  1. 1Design with the User
  2. 2Understand the Existing Ecosystem
  3. 3Design for Scale
  4. 4Build for Sustainability
  5. 5Be Data Driven
  1. 6
    Use Open Standards, Open Data, Open Source, and Open Innovation
  2. 7Reuse and Improve
  3. 8Address Privacy & Security
  4. 9Be Collaborative

Living guidelines for technology-enabled programs

Principles 1 pagerThe Principles for Digital Development (download PDF in English, Español, Français, or Português) seek to institutionalize lessons learned in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in development projects. They were written by and for international development donors and their implementing partners, but are freely available for use by all.

From Principle to Practice: Implementing the Principles for Digital Development is the culmination of rich and detailed discussions about these Principles by more than 500 individuals representing over 100 organizations working in international development. It captures their experiences, insights, questions, and recommendations to inform a landscape of where we are in our understanding of this guidance, and how we can chart a path forward.

Endorsing Organizations

Digital Principles