From climate-smart agricultural support systems to SMS outreach to mobile apps for budget transparency, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have played a central role in DAI’s approach to international development since our founding in 1970. Our approaches and activities evolve in tandem with the opportunities that new technologies present—from Palm Pilots in the early 2000’s to social media apps today—and are always integrated into project design and programmatic goals. Today, ICTs are fundamental to how our projects engage and empower populations, improve decision-making, and create efficiencies for the governments, civil society organizations, and businesses we support in communities around the world.

DAI’s Digital Team:

  1. Conducts face-to-face and desktop research on how digital technologies are adopted and used across the emerging markets where we operate;
  2. Employs user-centered design to develop localized strategies for deploying our products in support of the full cycle of project implementation, from design to deployment;
  3. And partners with global leaders in the technology space to bring the newest and most appropriate solutions to the people and organizations we support around the world.

Our approach is centered on solving real problems, from poor market linkages to weak government service delivery. Over the past 15 years, we have built data management and visualization tools, trained local businesses on how to create efficiencies by integrating digital technologies into their outreach strategies and operations, worked with local entrepreneurs to build tech-driven social enterprises, and designed apps that give citizens a view into how their governments spend money. We share our experience on our blog, [email protected], and by speaking in public, publishing original research, and working directly with teams at project sites around the globe.

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