Information & Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) is the practice of applying what we now simply call 'tech' to developing contexts. Examples include projects like One Laptop Per Child and SMS surveys to reach people in rural areas. ICT4D too often relies on outside intervention from well-meaning but non-local actors, and has been criticized as focusing on shiny new tech when longstanding underlying issues pose a graver threat to human development.

Atlas AI

Our software measures economic and infrastructure conditions across Africa, informing how capital can be deployed to drive forward economic progress.

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Facebook AI mapping for humanitarian aid and development

Building on our previous publication of similar high-resolution population maps for 22 countries, we're now releasing new maps of the majority of the African continent, and the project will eventually map nearly the whole world’s population. Using weakly- and semi-supervised learning.

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ICT4D Guide

This ICT4D Guide is a free and open guide to help anyone who wants to make a positive social impact with technology's help.


Center for Information and Communication Technology for Development ICT for Empowerment and Development​

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ICTworks™ is the premier community for international development professionals committed to utilizing new and emerging technologies to magnify the intent of communities to accelerate their social and economic development.

Mobile Coverage Maps

The Michigan Moonshot is Merit’s commitment to ending the digital divide. The Michigan Moonshot aims to leverage public and private partnerships to connect everyone in rural Michigan, regardless of geography. The Moonshot Team needs citizen scientists, like YOU to help us gather data about the internet in your community.


RapidPro allows you to easily design, pilot, and scale services that connect directly with a mobile phone user...without the help of a software developer.

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SindhupalCheck is an app for real-time citizen feedback on the effectiveness of constructing earthquake resilient homes in Nepal.

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The State of Satellites

This is an exploratory overview of current and upcoming sources of data, processing pipelines, and data products. It is aimed at helping non-experts explore and harness the unfolding revolution of Earth observation, with an emphasis on understanding current capabilities and project development considerations.

UNDP Accelerator Labs

We’re building the world’s largest and fastest learning network around development challenges.

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