Highlights from the 2019 ICT4D Conference

11th ICT4D Conference in numbers:

  • 993 Participants
  • 415 Organizations
  • From 81 Countries
  • 340 Speakers Confirmed
  • 860+ Speaker Applications Received


Honourable Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda’s minister for Information and Communication Technology & National Guidance of Uganda closed the largest ICT4D Conference: “We shouldn’t think that ICT is only for computer scientists in the lab. In these past three days, we have learnt that ICT is everywhere, in Agriculture, Education, and Health etc.” He emphasised that digital technologies are not only for educated people – both literate, illiterate and different sectors need ICT. He called for better collaboration to make technology affordable to everyone: “How do we best reduce the cost of IT (Information Technology) services to accelerate development in Africa especially IT Infrastructure and Internet? Can the cost of internet be made affordable like a bottle of water?

Other presentations addressed the refugee response in Uganda, USAID’s upcoming digital strategy, ICT for safeguarding, next steps of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning for development and humanitarian aid, innovations in digital financial inclusion, and practical advice on how Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and their partners can better manage the digital transformation. Not an easy task, as highlighted by Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope: “Non-Profits are missing the boat – digital is not the same as being digitized. Both are important but not the same.”

ICT4D Conference had a strong focus on youth engagement, digital diversity and responsible data. All topics that brought up lively discussions and the need for action on getting digital technologies to program participants, better engaging communities and more co-development of digital programs in agriculture and health, and a general need for better data privacy in the face of cyber security risks.

The results of the annual international survey on the use, impact and challenges of ICT in the development sector are here.

Led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Conference is co-organized by international and regional partners, including NetHope, Norwegian Refugee Council, Chemonics, DAI Global, ICRISAT, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, NUDIPU, Plan International, SOS Children’s Villages, UNCDF, World Vision, and Ministry of ICT of Uganda; supported by sponsors including: John Deere, Salesforce, Microsoft, Esri, DIAL, Dimagi, Dharma Platform, RTI International, Tetra Tech, Fondation Botnar, QED Group, SkyVision, Fenix International, Ecobank, Airtel, Simplifi Networks.

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