The full report can be downloaded here.
Jigsaw worked in partnership with Dr. Bjoern Hassler from Open Development and Education and Aptivate, to conduct a landscape assessment and gap analysis of how donor policies and strategic plans align with the Principles for Digital Development, stewarded by Digital Impact Alliance. Through consultation with key actors and a review of relevant documents and resources, this study provides an overview of the current landscape, identifies existing gaps, and surveys current practices in digital development that are already being implemented by donor organisations. It identifies donor processes, knowledge and expertise regarding the Digital Principles, highlights successes that have been achieved to-date by donor organisations, and identifies the areas of knowledge and practice that still need to be addressed or can be improved upon. In addition to exploring ideas and views about the Digital Principles, the study also considers how they can be embedded and effectively operationalised. It points to further research and resources so that stakeholders can easily access relevant materials, as well as to continue to engage with the Digital Principles as new areas emerge. Finally, the study seeks to inform the development of future resources and tools that are useful, practical, user-friendly and effective for donor organisations.
This study engaged with a comprehensive spectrum of stakeholders within the development and aid sectors around the role of digital, and the ideals that guide that role. The study further demonstrates how the Digital Principles can be adapted to serve as a roadmap for achieving donors’ digital strategies, exploring how the internal processes of donor organisations can be enhanced to improve desired outcomes in technology-based development programs. The review and analysis of current practice in this report can inform future efforts and resources, with a pragmatic view to the requirements of donor organisations and their approach to digital development.
The report is also available on the Principles for Digital Development website.