The Global Digital Development Forum took place on May 6, 2020. While the live event has concluded, we encourage you to register in order to explore the session recordings and tech demos, and to participate in the discussion threads (which will remain active through August 2020).

We are all rapidly mobilizing for COVID-19 Digital Response. At the same time, we still need to solve long-term challenges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and build an open, inclusive, and secure digital ecosystem that provides a safer more prosperous future for us all.

Digital technologies and implementation methodologies offer the potential to accelerate change and increase social and economic development. ICT4D is no longer optional — the field of Digital Development has matured into a formal component of global humanitarian and development efforts.

Yet barriers to achieving ICT4D success remain. Policy and legal frameworks have not kept pace with innovation, market failures limit access, privacy and cybersecurity risks threaten marginalized and vulnerable populations, and overall, the international development community has not yet adapted to the new challenges presented by this digital age.

As a community, we need to share our experiences, learn from others, and advance our collective ability to effect change, using technology. We must leverage online collaboration tools to include practitioners in every country. And we can lead by example.

RSVP for the Global Digital Development Forum

Please RSVP Now for the Global Digital Development Forum on May 6th, 2020, co-organized by USAID, Chemonics, Digital Impact Alliance, IntraHealth International, TechChange and Save the Children. Registration will close on April 30.

This virtual ICT4D conference will be a global transformative peer-learning digital development event specifically designed to include practitioners from low- and middle-income countries. We aim to move past the significant travel and cost barriers that restrict attendance at traditional events and lead the industry with:

  • A headlining keynote presentation from USAID and multiple interactive online sessions, led by trained facilitators.
  • Sessions spanning the globe from 4:00 GMT to 22:00 GMT featuring your peers at the cutting edge of technology and development in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Americas.
  • Free participation in engaging compelling, relevant sessions on TechChange’s robust online learning platform.
  • Inspiring experiences and results from innovative projects that achieve development goals with new and emerging technologies.

Please RSVP Now to be considered for participation and pay special attention to the Relevance section. Hundreds of participants will join this special online event from dozens of countries, however, we still have capacity limits to ensure a great conference and you don’t want to miss out.

Session Submissions

Update 4/21/20: Session submissions have closed for the 2020 Global Digital Development Forum.

The Global Digital Development Forum will feature thoughtful keynote presentations, exciting lightning talks, captivating breakout sessions, interactive workshops, and enlightening solution demonstrations from your peers.

Session Topics

We will have sessions displaying a wide range of ideas and viewpoints across the international development and humanitarian relief sectors, within these broad topic categories.

  • Digital Health: COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, Mother & Child, Family Planning, Health Workforce, Supply Chain
  • Education Technology: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Adult, Informal, and Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Agriculture Technology: Smallholder Farming, Animal Husbandry, Aquaculture, and their Value Chains
  • Economic Growth: Digital Economy, Digital Financial Services, Digital Identity, Agency and Inclusion
  • Democracy & Governance: eGovernment, Community Engagement, Elections, Activism, Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Response: Natural disasters, Conflict/post-conflict
  • Responsible Data: Collection, Analysis, Presentation, Risks, and Protections

We expect a COVID-19 Digital Response theme in many non-health sessions, featuring learning from past interventions with SARS/MARS, Ebola, HIV, and other viral infection epidemics.

Each session will include underlying concepts like data privacy and security, beneficiary protection and safeguarding, inclusion, the role of gender, and how to monitor and evaluate success.

All session leads will receive dedicated training in online learning from TechChange to ensure they have the skills to lead an engaging virtual event.

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