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Below are some recent featured discussions:

  • October 05, 2017

    Introductions thread: What makes you tick?

    Welcome. Some of us know each other. Others, not. Introduce yourself! Specifically: Where in the world are you? What stage of your career are you at? What are…
  • January 14, 2016

    JSI endorsement of the Principles

    Principles Talk
    Dear Working Group Members, I am pleased to share with you JSI’s endorsement of the Principles for Digital Development. Best, MIQUEL SITJAR mHEALTH TECHNICAL ADVISORPHONE: 571.302.7589 | WWW.JSI.COM…
  • March 18, 2019

    New Webinars! Digital Feedback Loops and Digital Payments for Health

    Events & Resources
    Hi all! As we know, the thoughtful use of digital tools can strengthen programming. We’re thrilled to share two new webinars on digital tools for the first week…
  • March 15, 2019

    Connecting Principles to Policies to Standards

    Principles Talk
    Are the principles for Digital Development meant to be standalone or should they be used to drive your organization’s formal written policies that trace to standards? If so,…
  • March 07, 2019

    Principle #1 - Designing with the User. What Works?

    Principles Talk
    While we acknowledge that successful digital initiatives are rooted in an understanding of user characteristics, needs, and challenges, we are also aware that partnering with users throughout the…
  • March 11, 2019

    Invite to short study about design principles in ICT4D

    Principles Talk
    Hi all! I am looking for people with ICT4D experience who would like to take part in a short Delphi study (two questionnaires of about 5-10 minutes each)…

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March 5, 2019

Games for Farmers and the Fall Army Worm Pest

We are excited to announce the latest Digital Principles case study which looks at how took a data driven online approach to reaching farmers across East Africa. By studying the behavioural patterns exhibited by farmers online, and taking a data driven approach to user research and product analytics, a…
January 24, 2019

How the Land Portal is helping overcome data barriers

Having and using information has always been a powerful force for change, helping to fight corruption, enabling citizens to participate more fully in public life and allowing people from all walks of life to exercise their fundamental human rights. We live in a time when paradoxical topics such as ‘fake…
January 22, 2019

Applying the Principles for Digital Development to Real-World Challenges

The Principles for Digital Development can guide our approach to technology by helping us ask the right questions. Hillary Eason, Ehsanullah Hassani, and Robert Lord-Biggers highlight their application of the principles while tackling an MIS project in Afghanistan. It’s easy enough to talk about using the Principles for Digital Development…
December 19, 2018

Introducing the Digital Principles first Advisory Council

As the stewards of the Principles for Digital Development (Digital Principles), the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) continuously seeks ways to include diverse voices, thoughts, and opinions heard within the community into the tools and resources we create. Last month, we opened a nomination period to create the first Digital Principles…
December 11, 2018

Launch of the Latest Digital Principles Case Study: Digital Opportunity Trust’s Innojo Platform

We are excited to announce the latest Digital Principles case study which looks at how the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) engaged youth entrepreneurs from all over the world to develop their new platform, Innojo. Digital Principles case studies are intended to highlight how development organizations incorporate technology into their projects…
December 4, 2018

IMC endorses the Principles for Digital Development

CROSS POST FROM: We are pleased to announce that IMC Worldwide has officially endorsed the Principles for Digital Development, a set of nine best practice guidelines designed to help practitioners successfully apply digital technologies to development programmes. We are pleased to announce that IMC Worldwide has officially endorsed the Principles for…

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September 14, 2018

Tying the digital knots: Social protection in practice

Social protection programs are often planned and implemented in isolation. As a result, they fail to unlock the potential of a harmonized social protection system. By optimizing service delivery, analytics and transparency, digital solutions can vastly reduce fragmentation and enable a systems approach to universal social protection. But what is…
April 11, 2019


“Bringing together new and experienced users, technical experts, implementer, and innovators to share ideas, insights, and successes about how DHIS 2 is being used to drive decision making and impact” BAO Systems and the University of Oslo invites you to attend the 5th Annual DHIS 2 Symposium taking place in…
February 20, 2018

Practicing the Principles for Digital Development in Jakarta, Indonesia

The Hermitage 9:00am – 1:00pm FREE — Networking Lunch to follow (1:00pm – 2:00pm) RSVP required for attendance The Principles for Digital Development are the distilled knowledge of hundreds of professionals and thousands of projects into nine best practice guidelines to improve the use of technology in development. The Digital Principles are…