The Future of Technology for Good: Use Cases of Tech in International Development

The Future of Technology for Good: Use Cases of Tech in International Development

With an SMS message on a mobile phone, a Kenyan school teacher is able to deposit money into her account. A Syrian refugee looks into an electronic box that scans his eye so he can pay for food items. A health worker monitors new alerts on her dashboard. All around the globe, people in developing countries are interacting with technologies in new and innovative ways.

Technology has become a crucial ally in international development. It has proven to add value in efforts to improve disaster and humanitarian response in challenging contexts. It has also been useful in increasing access to financial services and reducing bank transfer costs. There are many other applications of technology in international development and we’ll discuss a few noteworthy use cases in this roundup.

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Helping the Private Sector Build Peace: The Role of Technology

Helping the Private Sector Build Peace: The Role of Technology

Our Head of Client Accounts, Julia Pardo, spoke in the BuildPeace conference in Belfast on October 29th. She talked about how the private sector has a role to play in making the world a more stable and peaceful place and how technology can help achieve that. This post is a condensed version of her speech.

Do we trust the private sector to do good? If we look at the past as an indicator of future impact, it might be hard to think so. The private sector has drowned in a quicksand of bad rap when it comes to its social and environmental impact, followed by scandals like Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data, the BP oil spill or the war over water in Bolivia.

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Technology and Peacemaking: Getting to Yes

Technology and Peacemaking: Getting to Yes

Technology and international development have worked together for decades. Together, they have helped build bridges, provide clean water, education and healthcare, connect remote villages, fight epidemics, or respond to crisis and natural disasters. But what kind of technology can peacemakers use and what should they expect?

Development has two prominent sides: on the one hand, it deals with very tangible issues like infrastructure, health, food security, or economics. All of these can be easily measured and compared. The role of technology on this “hard” side of development is clear: provide tools and mechanisms to reduce costs, increase output, and improve livelihoods.

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