Principles for Design & Development

Principle 7

Principle 7: Reuse and Improve

Principle 7As the use of information and communications technologies in international development has matured, so too has a base of methods, standards, software, platforms, and other technology tools. Yet too often we see scarce resources being invested to develop new tools when instead existing tools could be adapted and improved. Principle 7: Reuse and Improve highlights ways that adaptation and improvement can lead to higher quality resources available to the wider community of international development practitioners.
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  • Use, modify and extend existing tools, platforms, and frameworks when possible.
  • Develop in modular ways favoring approaches that are interoperable over those that are monolithic by design.



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