Press Release: Endorsing the Principles 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 programs, as well as coordinate the initiative to spread public knowledge on the rewards and challenges of those best practices.

As an official endorser, we will seek to embody the concepts the Principles represent in our ethos, our work culture, and in the policies and processes guiding our international development activities.

We understand that putting the Principles into practice is even more important than announcing our endorsement. We believe that strong guiding principles lead to strong vision and, therefore, strong progress. Going forward, we will continue to collaborating with and giving feedback to our co-endorsers on delivering on the Principles.

Additionally, we will aim to ensure that the Principles remain relevant and useful to the entire digital development community. Just like technology and development itself, the Principles are a living document that is constantly changing and adapting for the better.

For many years, DG has operated under the same guiding ideas that underpin the Principles – such as being data driven, designing with the user, and using open standards, open source, and open data. These ideas are woven into the very fabric of each phase of our projects, from local, hands-on resilience trainings to AMP technical implementations.

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Today, as the Practicing the Principles for Digital Development event is underway in Dar es Salaam, we are pleased to reiterate our commitment. We look forward to continuing to live up to each Principle, both in our everyday operations as well as in our overarching organizational culture. We are excited to turn this unofficial recognition of the Principles into official adherence, giving them even more meaning within our organization.

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