Digital and Technology
Opportunities from mobile phone and new digital platforms connectivity are fundamentally changing how individual citizens, the civil society, states and markets relate. New methods of communication, expression and advocacy, such as crowdsourcing, and new forms of data (like ‘big data’) are redefining how we perceive citizen demands and poverty.
The Digital and Technology cluster research has four broad thematic areas of focus in line with the broader IDS strategy. These are:
- digital economy;
- digital government and service delivery;
- digital citizenship and rights;
- and digital sustainability and resilience.
Our research will challenge prevailing technocratic views by highlighting inequalities that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) may cause. We have experts in the fields of health and nutrition, urban and rural development, responsive governance, citizenship, and research communication who seek to advance conversations and practices within and across sectors.
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Human Development Innovation Fund
The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) identifies and supports innovations that have the potential to create social impact in education, health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) across Tanzania. More details
mSTAR Real Time Data for Adaptive Programming Conceptual Framework
The project will focus on the growing importance of real-time data and in particular how digital tools can be used to generate information in support of more adaptive, contextually relevant, decision-making and programme management and implementation More details
Making All Voices Count
Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development (MAVC) is a four-year $45 million fund to support innovation, scaling-up, and research that will deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. More details
Not Just Talk: Practice, Power, Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies (TPPI)
Not Just Talk: Practice, Power, Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies is a new IDS research initiative that seeks to critically examine the opportunities and challenges that the new generation of ICT innovations pose for poor and vulnerable groups. More details