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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

The Principles for Digital Development blog has been granted permission to cross-post the below post from Ann Mei Chang and Jennifer Adams at USAID. —————————————————————————— Health officers use mobile phones to input data during a trachoma mapping project in Ethiopia. / Dominique Nahr, Sightsavers From health officers conducting contact tracing with…
December 15, 2016

Looking Ahead to 2017: New Resources to Put Principles for Digital Development into Action

This week, global development stakeholders from around the world convened at the Global Digital Health Forum (GDHF) in the Washington, DC area to share knowledge with colleagues and wrestle with the challenges we face to realize the full potential of digital services.  DIAL and PATH led a panel discussion at the GDHF…
February 29, 2016

We Must Build a Better Future for Digital Development

Reposted from ICTWorks. My name is Adele Waugaman and over the past year I’ve served as rapporteur for a series of community discussions on the Principles for Digital Development. The Principles are now industry-accepted standards on what you need to think through in every stage of ICT4D projects. Consider yourself on notice: If you…
January 25, 2016

Collaborate to Innovate: Stick to the Principles of Digital Development

By Jamie Findlater, TechCamp What if all the major players in the tech for social good space got together and created a road map that you could use when designing and implementing your ideas from TechCamp? Take a Look – The Principles for Digital Development– is a great common sense guide…

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August 8, 2014

Principle #1 – Design with the User Event

On July 31, 2014, Creative Associates International convened members of the ICT4D working group for an event discussing Principle 1, Design with the User. The event was led by Ayan Kishore of Creative and featured presentations by user-centered design experts Dianna Kane from Medic Mobile, Panthea Lee from Reboot, and Tapan Parikh from UC…
October 7, 2014

Principle #2 – Understanding the Existing Ecosystem

On Monday, October 6th, Dalberg and Internews hosted an interactive session on the second Principle for Digital Development, Understanding the Existing Ecosystem. Topics of discussion included: How do I “understand the existing ecosystem”? What does success look like? Where are there existing communities of practice for me to connect to?…
October 29, 2014

Principle #3 – Design for Scale Event

On October 27, 2014, JSI an event on the third Principle for Digital Development, Design for Scale.  The session covered designing for scale from the very start, considering implications of design beyond the immediate project, and designing solutions that are replicable and customizable in other countries and contexts. Speakers include: Kate Wilson, Director…