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SDG ICT Playbook: From Innovation to Impact

This playbook recommends where investments in information and communications technology (ICT) should be made in order to support achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Will we continue working as we always have or will we make a change that will accelerate progress toward our collective goals?

Designed with organizations in mind, NetHope in collaboration with partners Intel, Catholic Relief Services, Microsoft, and CDW, have developed the SDG ICT Playbook: From Innovation to Impact. This playbook recommends where investments in information and communications technology (ICT) should be made in order to support achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The playbook examines:

Background

NetHope was founded on the premise that there is no limit to what the technology sector and international NGOs can accomplish, if they work together. It is because of this foundational belief that we work so hard at NetHope to sustain collaboration between individual groups – whether they be NGOs, government bodies, charitable foundations, or multinational corporations. This mandate enables us to address the deeply-rooted causes of poverty that are buried within the SDGs in a way we never could, had we remained isolated.

We firmly believe that technology – information communications technologies (ICTs) in particular – can accelerate us toward our collective development goals. Technology can provide a massive range of digital products and services that strengthen local economies, local innovation, and local communities. This is hugely important to development work!

Technology can also provide many new opportunities to streamline and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the activities we undertake as individual organizations, regardless of what we do. Lastly, technology can significantly enhance our ability to measure progress toward the SDGs on the whole. Without appropriate measurement capabilities, we will be left unable to determine what is working – unable to learn from our mistakes.

Applying technology to our individual development programs will improve the speed with which we achieve the SDGs, if done so correctly.

How is NetHope responding?

Designed with organizations in mind, NetHope in collaboration with partners Intel, Catholic Relief Services, Microsoft, and CDW, have developed the SDG ICT Playbook: From Innovation to Impact. A resource for organizations working for development, the Playbook guide is both informative and actionable, ensuring that organizations walk away fully prepared to leverage promising ICT tools against these high priority goals. It features a variety of useful resources including a detailed portfolio of technologies we recommend be used to accelerate field work (mobile devices, cloud computing, smart systems, 3D printing and more!), descriptions of how each technology can be applied, and a number of insights on governance, partnerships, and strategies for affordable access.

We’ve worked hard with our sponsors to ensure that the guide is available for free to any and all who would like to make use of it.

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