To date, digital technologies have contributed only incremental benefits in economic, social and political development, and a step-change will be required if they are to deliver the transformational ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Given the growing embedding of the technology in all development sectors and processes, digital technology is moving from being a tool to achieve development outcomes to being the platform through which development processes are mediated.
Digital development can provide new routes out of poverty. But unless digital alternatives are developed, we risk foregoing the development benefits of new technology; entrenching new digitally-enabled systems of inequality; and enabling digital harms that damage rights and promote injustice.
How we are addressing it:
GDI already has the specialist research of the Centre for Development Informatics and teaching of the Development Informatics Group, plus a growing presence of data science across GDI’s other research areas.
The constancy of technological change creates knowledge gaps and a broad digital development research agenda for GDI at all stages of the innovation cycle:
- Infrastructure: supporting systemic policy and strategic actions that develop inclusive digital ecosystems (human, technical, institutional infrastructure)
- Innovation: supporting new digital technologies that promote achievement of the SDGs
- Implementation: identifying and promoting good practices in design and operationalisation of digital technology
- Impact: tracking the emerging development implications of digital technologies at micro-, meso- and macro levels
The centre examines the role of information and communication technologies in socio-economic development.
This project involved the creation of RABIT and then its field-testing in two locations.
Our teaching agenda:
We run a number of master’s courses closely related to our research agenda
- MSc Management & Information Systems
- MSc Management & Information Systems (distance learning)
- MSc ICTs-for-Development
People and publications:
- Dr Richard Duncombe - Lecturer, Information Systems and Development
- Dr Ping Gao - Lecturer, Information Systems
- Prof Richard Heeks - Professor, Development Informatics
- Dr Negar Monazam Tabrizi - Lecturer in Information Systems and Digital Development
- Dr Jaco Renken - Lecturer, Information and Communication Technology for Development
- Dr Gindo Tampubolon - Lecturer, Poverty, Inequality and Growth