The Principles for Digital Development are a set of guidelines meant to help tech-enabled international development programs become more effective and sustainable. “Pulse on the Principles” connects our global network of development and humanitarian practitioners to discuss successes, challenges, and the potential for putting the Digital Principles into practice! Our conversations will cover the intersection of technology and development, examining critical topics such as COVID-19, responsible data, gender and inclusion, and digital literacy. Keep your finger on the Digital Principles’ pulse: visit digitalprinciples.org, SUBSCRIBE to our show on your favorite podcast app, and leave a 5-star review!
Food for Thought: Where Policy and Produce Meet
The world’s population has more than doubled in the past 50 years, but food systems have not kept up. The problem is not the amount of food produced, but food systems and distribution; malnutrition and undernourishment in all their forms continue to be a growing challenge. Claudine Lim sits with Qingfeng Zhang (Asia Development Bank) and Sibi Lawson-Marriott (World Food Programme) to explore how technology is unlocking new ways to improve supply chains and food security, but also how policy and markets must rise up to help meet the potential
S4 E1: The Procurement Pros
We’re wrapping up the first series of Pulse on the Principles’ with a mini-season on governance! Government investment strategy is a crucial pillar to delivering on national digital transformation, but challenges like corruption, failure to protect human rights or build for sustainability lead to suboptimal investments and loss of public trust: what strategies and technology are in place to help governments operate openly and responsibly? Host Claudine Lim sits with Angela Kastner, DIAL’s Procurement Strategy Director, and Warren Smith, Deputy Director of the UK’s Government Digital Service, to explore best practices in public procurement that drive digital transformation.
S3 E3: Address Privacy, Security, and Safety
In our last episode, Laura and guests discussed challenges and solutions to address the digital gender divide: however, approaching this work through a gender binary lens is insufficient at best, and dangerous, at worst. For the final episode in our “Leave No One Behind” mini-season, we’re joined by Mala Kumar and Dr. Carlos Acosta to break down unique privacy, security, and data ownership concerns and protocols for the LGBTQIA+ community.
S3 E2: Neither Seen Nor Heard: Tackling the Digital Gender Divide
Digital technologies have become a common reality, changing the way we use information, making inclusion more important than ever. Yet, women still fall behind in participating in the digital revolution and remain largely invisible in international development datasets. Host Laura Walker McDonald examines causes and consequences of the digital gender divide and gender data gaps with guests Dr. Revi Sterling (USAID), Naomi Naik (GirlUp), and Professor Mmaki Jantjies (University of the Western Cape) and solutions to tackling gender inequalities.
S3 E1: Build for Self-Reliance
Laura Walker McDonald hosts the third mini-season on ‘Leave No One Behind.’ She sits with Joelle Hangi, co-founder of Refugee Artist and Authors, and Olivier Nkunzurwanda, founder of Refugee Innovation Center, where they share their experiences as refugees as well as the work they are doing to improve refugee financial and digital literacy, the results of policies applied to refugees, and development of projects that aim at improving the their self-reliance and rights.
S2 E3: Remote Access: Delivering Education to Rural Communities
Delivering quality education to remote and isolated communities is a challenge for international development programs, and has only become more pronounced in the COVID-19 reality. For the final episode in the Education mini-season, host Allana Nelson chats with Amplio’s Toffic Dapilaah and InformEd International’s Lisa Zook about tools and initiatives that provide educational information to rural communities - and how they’re doing it in safe, socially distanced ways.
Accessible, informative, and engaging!
I appreciated the host’s ability to keep the conversations accessible to non-experts—this is so important for discussions surrounding policy and technology, which often are only understandable to the practitioners! Keep it up!
Need more pods like this
Excellent framing and quality. The hosts are very knowledgeable.
Interesting nexus of issues
Really interesting discussions about a wide cross-section of issues. Looking forward to future episodes!