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Tuesday, May 16 • 15:00 - 15:45
Data-first: Employing a pro-digital business model in analog activities FULL

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There are three common features to every development project, regardless of sector, geography or problem being addressed: data capture, information flow and financial transactions. Every activity employs these elements, some better than others. No activity does this perfectly.

Arguably, the use of proven, low-cost and widely available digital technologies remarkably enhances how data is collected and analyzed, how information moves -- particularly to end-users -- and how money flows. And the status quo of not employing these tools limits development projects from achieving their full potential.

But what does it mean to be data-first and data-driven through a digital lens? And how do you go about it? This presentation will explore existing evidence in support of greater efficiencies, cost reductions and increased impact as a result of the use of digital tools. It will draw heavily from agricultural projects but will also look at other sectors to make the case. Further, it will call participants to action in furthering the evidence base for being data/digital first and will outline the steps for incorporating other projects into a body of knowledge that advances the ICT4D sector.

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Christopher Burns

Chief Digital Development Officer (CDDO) and Director for the Technology Division within the Innovation, Technology, and Research (ITR) Hub, USAID
Christopher Burns is the Chief Digital Development Officer (CDDO) for USAID and the Director for the Technology Division within the Innovation, Technology, and Research (ITR) Hub.In the CDDO role, he coordinates and tracks programmatic Digital Development investments across the Agency... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 15:00 - 15:45 IST