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Digital technologies are fundamentally changing how individual citizens, civil society, states and markets relate. At the same time new methods of communication, expression and advocacy and new forms of data creation and analysis are redefining how we perceive global development challenges, social inequality and sustainability. The Digital Development Resource Guide highlights the latest research into he role of digital technologies in global development.

Making the ‘evolutionary leap’: using Open Knowledge approaches to improve development outcomes
Girl using computer
M. Ostergaard / Panos Pictures
This evidence paper from the Open Knowledge Hub project brings together learning about the drivers and motivations for knowledge organisations to engage with Open Knowledge approaches - open access publishing and the use of open data standards for example. It also addresses the issues and barriers to engagement that, it is argued, threaten to undermine the potential benefits of adopting these approaches. The paper looks at both direct learning from the Open Knowledge Hub project and external research evidence accumulated during the work undertaken.

Latest Documents

Resilience Resources: RABIT - Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact
Nexus for ICTs, Climate Change and Development 2016
This page provides guidance materials relating to RABIT: the Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit.  This enables the measurement of resilience baselines, and also measurement of the impact on resilience of develo...
Summary of the first UN World Data Forum: 15-18 January 2017
International Institute for Sustainable Development 2017
This IISD summary provide a synthesis of discussion and outcomes from the first UN World Data Forum held in South Africa from 15-18 January 2017. The Forum took place following the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General’s Ind...
Interactive radio’s promising role in climate information services: Farm Radio International concept paper
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
Farmers require relevant, timely and continuous information and advice regarding historic climate variability, probabilistic seasonal forecasts, and monitoring and short-lead information about growing season weather. ...
How are young people in South Africa using mobile phones to bridge healthcare gaps?
K. Hampshire / University of Durham 2015
Young people account for 30% of the population in South Africa, with just under 15 million young people aged 10 – 24 years. Adolescence is considered a time of both risk and opportunity: When rapid physical and psychological chan...
Intergenerational relations and the power of the cell phone: perspectives on young people's phone usage in Sub-Saharan Africa
Geoforum 2015
Cell phones present new forms of sociality and new possibilities of encounter for young people across the globe. Nowhere is this more evident than in sub-Saharan Africa where the scale of usage, even among the very poor, is remarkable...
Mobile phones and education in Sub-Saharan Africa: from youth practice to public policy
Journal of International Development 2015
Young people's use of mobile phones is expanding exponentially across Africa. Its transformative potential is exciting, but findings presented in this paper indicate how the downside of mobile phone use in African schools is becoming ...
Youth, mobility and mobile phones in Africa: findings from a three-country study
University of Durham 2014
The expansion of mobile phone use in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly over the last five years, has been remarkable in terms of speed of adoption, spatial penetration and, not least, the fact that this is an essentially spontaneous de...
New knowledge on children and young people: a synthesis of evidence - summary paper
R. Marcus; E. Page; J. Stephenson; D. Walker / Impact Initiative 2015
Improving children and young people’s (CYP) wellbeing, and recognising the role they can play in creating a more sustainable world will be critical to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This timely report provides ...
Research Methods and Visualisation Tools for Online LGBT Communities
P. Oosterhoff / Institute of Development Studies, Sussex [ES] 2014
Field research among geographically dispersed communities is time-consuming and costly. When people are stigmatised, field research has additional ethical and logistical problems. In many countries lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend...
Tactical Technology Collective 2016
This project was designed by Tactical Technology Collective and supported by Level Up to bring together a collection of materials around protecting yourself online. These projects have been curated and have been produced by a number o...
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