Research & News
November 29, 2017

A recent post about research around the multi-year, multi-donor Making All Voices Count (MAVC) innovation initiative aimed to shock with a bold banner bearing an ominous headline: A Lot of Civil Society Organizations Have a Secret. Their Tech Projects Are Failing.  But is this really such a secret? Innovation for development is in its still in its infancy and ideally built on shared values that include a greater willingness to risk and embrace failure. And no-one with a history of working in support of civil society could argue that civil society organizations are or should be natural leaders in technological... more »

September 19, 2017

To the hundreds of millions of people in Asia with access to the web, online platforms have emerged as valuable tools for navigating this connected world. In sectors as diverse as finance, logistics, cross-border trade, talent acquisition, household services, and the traditional buying and selling of goods, online platforms are reshaping the way people interact and businesses operate. By 2020, over a billion people in the Asia-Pacific alone will be served by platforms. Online platforms—or over-the-top providers, as they are also known in technology circles—are far more dynamic than these uninspiring names imply. And they can significantly support development goals.... more »