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  • October 17, 2018

    Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) endorsement of the Principles

    Principles Talk
    Dear all, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is very happy to endorse the Principles. Read more about what this means in the context of a global open community:…
  • September 27, 2018

    Questions about Advisory Council/Nominations

    Please post your questions about the Advisory Council or the nomination process by replying to this thread.
  • September 27, 2018

    Advisory Council Nominations

    PLEASE POST NOMINATIONS BY REPLYING TO THIS THREAD Members of the Advisory Council will serve for two years and will be nominated by their peers to serve in…
  • October 12, 2018

    Senga App Celebrates Girl Child Day

    Opportunities & Jobs
    Senga ( a Sex Education platform aiming at availing comprehensive sexual education to young adolescents in Africa. Its a mobile based app. Looking at a dressing privacy experiences…
  • October 12, 2018

    Hey bro...ICT for Extractive Industries

    Questions & Problem Solving
    Hi, Am here to pay you attention on issues regarding to the use of ICT in increasing transparency in war-torn regions extractive industries. I am President of CongoInThePicture…
  • October 05, 2018

    Registration Open for Digital Technologies for Resilience Workshop

    Events & Resources
    Registration is now open for the Digital Technologies for Resilience Workshop, which will be hosted on November 27-28 in Bangkok. Learn more here:

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February 2, 2018

Register Now: Practicing the Principles for Digital Development in Jakarta, Indonesia

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 currently endorsed by 88 organizations, including USAID, UNICEF, NDI, Grameen Foundation, IntraHealth International, SIDA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,…
January 29, 2018

We Don’t Need to Reinvent the Wheel, But it’s Time to Invest in Roads and Highways

By: Dr. Alain Labrique Here’s the good news: Over the past 10 years the digital health community has begun to heal from a severe case of pilotitis. As a community of innovators and health systems researchers, we increasingly recognize that creating and testing new digital health tools in the absence of…
October 20, 2017

Digital Impact Alliance Announces Formation of New Open Source Center and First Round of Catalytic Funding for ICT4D Projects

The Center, with support from key partners, will provide resources to help high-impact software for social good reach greater adoption   Today, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) announced the formation of its new Open Source Center (OSC), and two partners – Digital Square and Software Freedom Conservancy – who will…
October 13, 2017

Development Gateway Press Release: Endorsing the Principals for Digital Development

We are pleased to announce our endorsement of the Principles for Digital Development. The Principles, of which Digital Impact Alliance is the steward, seek to institutionalize lessons learned in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) in development projects. They allow practitioners to to integrate best practices into their…
February 9, 2017

Taking Pragmatic Steps to Advance National ID Efforts for Development

While the world watched one inauguration on January 20th, over 5,000 miles away, another incoming President, Nana Akufo-Addo, delivered his address at his inauguration in Ghana a few days earlier. One of the key promises that President Akufo-Addo has made is to reform the current national identification system started under his predecessor…
December 20, 2016

Digital Health: Moving from Silos to Systems

From health officers conducting contact tracing with mobile phones in Ebola-affected countries to TB patients using apps to fulfill their treatment regimen, digital technology is playing an increasingly central role in global health. In fact, over the past decade, the use of mobile and web-based technologies to improve health has…

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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…
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…
December 4, 2017

The Evolving Digital Health Landscape: Progress, Achievements and Remaining Frontiers

The theme for this year’s Forum—The Evolving Digital Health Landscape: Progress, Achievements, and Remaining Frontiers—captures the spirit of progress made in the past several years to scale digital health systems and also encourages us to look critically at the continued need for innovation, as well as integration, to improve health…