Thematic podcast series with short interviews featuring data and technology experts from non-profit, government, multi-lateral, research, or private sector organizations on the application of digital innovations to global development and humanitarian challenges.


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Season 4 – Digital Tech for Peace


This podcast series sheds light on how digital technologies are applied in a peace context. Hear stories from across the world, gain first-hand practical advice, and answers to questions such as:

  • How can data collected using ICTs predict tensions and offer early warnings?
  • What is civil society’s role in fighting hate speech and online violence?
  • How can organizations use their social media presence and data to fight misinformation?
  • What role does ethical AI play in peace building and keeping?
  • How to better engage with communities and use feedback mechanism?


Tune in Wednesdays for new episodes, starting September 14th.


Season 3 – ICT for Malaria Elimination 


Dr. John Reeder, Director of TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Disease, based at the World Health Organization, gives an overview of digital technologies used globally to help fight malaria, and discusses their potential and barriers.



Ousman Njie, Head of Office, and Alieu Bah, Project Officer Malaria, at Catholic Relief Services Gambia, on Engaging youth in data collection for health programs and building digital capacity in the Gambia:


Season 2 – Digital Diversity, Equity, Inclusion


Kilyelyani Kanjo, Digital Financial Services Consultant, and Nandini Harihareswara, Senior Advisor for Inclusive Digital Economies & Women’s Economic Empowerment, at United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) on SPRINT4Women, a unique design sprint engaging private sector in human-centred design for financial inclusion of rural women in Zambia.


Bonnie Chiu (Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy, Founder of  Lensational) on grassroots and entrepreneurial approaches to digital capacity building of marginalized women.


Revi Sterling (Gender and Technology Specialist, DAI Global; Director, USAID WomenConnect Challenge) shares five proven strategies to close the gen­der digital divide and increase women’s economic empowerment.

List of resources: Gender Digital Divide Primer; Gender and ICT Survey Toolkit; Gender Digital Divide Desk Review, Gender Analysis Technical


Claire Sibthorpe (Head of Connected Women, Connected Society and Assistive Tech, GSMA) on delivering digital inclusion and connecting the unconnected. Mentioned resources: The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report


Jocelyn Williams (Director of Business Development, Every1Mobile) on the role of digital tech in empowering women and addressing digital diversity and inclusion:


Ronda Zelezny-Green (Global Head of Training and Learning, The Internet Society; Co-Founder & Director, Panoply Digital) on digital literacy and race in ICT4D:


Imogen Wall (Frontline Aid Worker, Therapist, Mental Health First Aid Instructor) on stress management during the pandemic; benefits and challenges of providing mental health support via digital tech. Links to resources: https://www.imogenwall.co.uk/ , https://www.headington-institute.org/, https://www.mind.org.uk/


Season 1 – Digital Transformation & IT Priorities


This special podcast edition summarizes top IT priorities and trends for 2021, including resource mobilization, IT security, optimizing remote operations and digital work-spaces, strategic changes.

Featuring Karl Lowe (CIO, Catholic Relief Services), Rosa Maria Cortada (CIO, Oxfam Intermón), Thomas Rubatscher (Intl. Director ICT at SOS Children’s Villages International), Michael Johnson (CIO, The Global Fund), Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa (Head of Digital and Technology, ActionAid), Marco van den Berg (CIO, Information & Knowledge Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Bobby Jefferson (VP and CTO at DAI Global Health)

Michael Johnson (CIO, The Global Fund), on their digital transformation journey, and IT priorities for 2021, including effective remote operations, continuous operational improvements, supporting in country partners, and collaborative tech innovations.

Marco van den Berg (CIO, Information & Knowledge Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on digitization trends and associated cyber risk and interoperability concerns.

Thomas Rubatscher (Intl. Director ICT at SOS Children’s Villages International) on digital transformation, technology trends such as chat-bots, and ICT priorities.

Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa (Head of Digital and Technology, ActionAid) on Covid-19 accelerated digital transformation and strategic changes (as tech staff leading programs).

Sebastian Manhart (Chief Partnerships Officer, Simprints) on adapting digital health innovations and services in response to Covid-19. – Link to mentioned Privacy & Biometrics Webinar

Bobby Jefferson, VP and CTO at DAI Global Health, on emerging technologies in global health and associated risk, especially cyber security.

Mala Kumar (Senior Program Manager for Tech for Social Good at GitHub, Inc) on opportunities and barriers of open source adoption in the development and humanitarian sector.   Report: Open Source in the Social Sector https://socialimpact.github.com/#report

Anthony Makumbi (Chief Technology Officer & Snr. IT Director Solutions, Shared Action Africa) on digital transformation and digital skill gaps and trends in Uganda.

Rosa Maria Cortada (CIO, Oxfam Intermón) on their digital transformation progress so far; which tools support staff work remotely and help gain more control during times of general uncertainty.

Karl Lowe (CIO, Catholic Relief Services) on their agency-wide ICT priorities and strategy, or as he refers to as his “High Five Focus Areas”.

Sreeni Narayanan (Group Managing Director, ASSIST Asia) on digital skills and literacy in the Philippines, and partnership trends during the pandemic.


World Food Day Episode
Deepak Pareek (Founder, Digi Agri; Director, HnyB Tech Incubations; Tech Pioneer, World Economic Forum) on digital trends in agriculture during COVID-19 and emerging technologies that truly support farmers.


Chris Houston (Director of Humanitarian Innovation, Humanitarian Grand Challenge Canada) on innovations trends, investing in local leadership and solutions, and the upcoming Request for Proposals at https://humanitariangrandchallenge.org/


What are your ICT priorities or focus areas? Share your comments on Twitter with @ICT4DConference tagging #ICT4D2021