Building for Sustainability: AT DFID, Souktel Shares Insights on New “Principles for Digital Development”
When we use technology in development projects, where do we turn for guidance—especially when the tech world changes so quickly? In the past, agencies like UNICEF have published general guidelines for “digital design”—but there have been few truly global, sector-wide resources that offer clear advice on tech use.
Now that reality is changing, with the launch of the new Principles for Digital Development. The product of consultations with 15 of the world’s leading donors and implementers—including USAID, the US Department of State, the World Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation—the Principles are a set of “living” guidelines that promote responsible use of technology in development projects, and draw on (in the words of the Principles’ core resource) “the many hard lessons learned” from past efforts.
This week, Souktel brought its insights on the Principles to DFID’s “Digital4Development” summit, sharing the stage with global non-profits like Save the Children, strategic consultants like Accenture, and multinational firms like Unilever. Souktel’s CEO focused on two Principles in particular—“Design with the User” and “Build for Sustainability”—both of which have defined the organization’s work since its start. To show how these Principles guide Souktel’s work, he chose an especially challenging use case: The launch of a mobile job information service for Somali youth.
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