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Digital for Development

In January 2012 we laid out our strategy for using digital technology to help us reach our development goals. We're ensuring digital processes pervade all our work, from communications to policy making and programmes; increasing our transparency, efficiency and accessibility. In these blogs we discuss how we're meeting our digital development objectives.

‘Do these devices run on charcoal?’ Reflections from e-learning Africa 2014

Tablets could be a tool for improving interactive pedagogy. Picture: ICWE GmbH/Rukoosa

Last month I attended e-Learning Africa in Kampala, where I presented the emerging findings from DFID's forthcoming Educational Technology Topic Guide. Now in its 9th year, the conference brought together 1,500 participants from 69 countries - African ministers sat alongside …

Supporting partner countries with open data

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One of the main reasons that the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) was established was to provide better quality data for the governments of countries in which we work (known as "partner countries" in international development language). If ministers and …

Drum roll please… Introducing the new Edtech Topic Guide

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What is the impact of ICT on teaching and learning outcomes? Picture: Pippa Ranger/DFID

It's no coincidence that promoting research in educational technology was the subject of our last blog post. In June 2014, DFID will publish a new evidence paper (or Topic Guide) exploring how Edtech can be used to improve teaching and …

All for one and one for all: a call to unite to promote research in educational technology

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Brothers Faisal (left, 6 yrs) and Amir (right, 7 yrs) at their primary school in Muzaffargarh, Sindh. Picture: Victoria Francis/DFID

Question: What word inspires fear in companies that sell educational technology? Answer: Research. Why? Because snazzy as edtech 'solutions' may seem, research to prove a positive relationship between edtech initiatives and improved learning in the developing world is limited, inconsistent …

End FGM – using Thunderclap to get the message across

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Zero Tolerance towards Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

BBC6 Music DJ and broadcaster Lauren Laverne joined thousands in DFID's successful social media "Thunderclap" earlier this month, culminating in a message of zero tolerance to female genital mutilation (FGM) message being sent out to millions of accounts. Around 1200 people …

The broken record of educational technology: why we must be informed and keep asking questions

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Love it or loathe it, 1 of the grand challenges for education in developing countries is how to integrate technology in a cost effective way that has impact. In a paper released this month, McKinsey report that over 67 million …