Humanitarian Aid

Open-Source Tool Set to Leverage the Power of Mobile Data for Humanitarian Assistance and International Development Purposes

A new white paper lays out specific examples of how FlowKit has the potential of becoming a key solution to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of disaster and emergency response Barcelona – The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) and Flowminder today released a white paper focused on FlowKit and its ability to unlock the power of mobile […]

FlowKit: Unlocking the Power of Mobile Data for Humanitarian and Development Purposes

While the commercial world routinely uses mobile data to do everything from targeting food purchases to optimizing one’s route to work, the humanitarian and development sector lags behind in optimizing service delivery with mobile network data. Despite the fact that 5 billion people—71 percent of the population—are currently connected to the mobile internet, the data […]

More Lighthouses for Stormy Seas: Navigating the Waters of Data Science

The responsible use of data in our field is not a new topic for us, but recent news reminds us why this work is so important. Over the past few months, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) has been hard at work to figure out how we can support our colleagues grappling with questions on the […]

Cross-Post: Operationalising Mobile Phone Network Data for Development and Humanitarian Action

How has mobile network data been used to inform policy? What building blocks need to be in place to leverage mobile phone network data for real-time policy analysis, decision making and impact tracking? UN Global Pulse and the Digital Impact Alliance are excited to host a joint-session at the UN World Data Forum in Dubai […]

Celebrating 20 Years of Open Source at O’Reilly Open Source Convention

In the technology field, late Summer and early Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere is the traditional conference season — a time for colleagues to pause to reconnect with each other, learn about trends and challenges in the industry, and of course, build new relationships and strengthen old ones. For the past 20 years now, one […]

DIAL Open Source Center Announces Catalytic Grant Recipients and Categories for Second Round of Funding to Support Technology for Development Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) Open Source Center is thrilled to announce the recipients of its first round of catalytic grants to support technology for development (T4D) projects. The Open Source Center’s Catalytic Grants program is an offering of financial support for free and open source software projects working in the humanitarian response […]

What did Mobile World Congress 2018 show us about Creating a Better Future?

At the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) 107,000 visitors from 205 countries gathered to see the latest offerings showcased by the mobile industry and convene around topics such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) – all connected to greater theme of Creating a Better Future. But, how can we create a better […]

The Digital Impact Alliance Open Source Center Announces Strategic Grants to Foster Ecosystem Change

OSC continues to support projects aimed at improving the capacity and use of technology to advance development and humanitarian efforts WASHINGTON, DC — The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) Open Source Center announced its Request for Applications (RFA) for strategic grants to fund open source projects serving the international development and humanitarian sectors. The Strategic Grants […]

The Challenge of Upholding Data Privacy in Digital Development

Across the global development community, non-profits, government agencies, and humanitarian response organizations are using data to catalyze innovation through increasing mobile access, scaling up field operations and promoting inclusive decisions between implementers and beneficiaries. While organizations may act with best intentions, and in doing so, embrace digitization and adopt advanced analytics to improve these efforts, issues […]

New Partners Join DIAL’s Work to Strengthen Core Mobile Services and Aggregation

In April 2017, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) organized a workshop with representatives from both the mobile sector as well as the digital service providers (DSPs) in the humanitarian and development space, to understand how the two sectors can work together to leverage core mobile channels to reach underserved populations. Many interesting ideas emerged, ranging […]

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