# Tech4Good Resources

This section is a compilation of many of the best organizations, platforms, resources, services, and links to useful information that I’ve found over the years.

Some of these resources are difficult to narrowly categorize, and often serve multiple areas (for example, is a useful health data repository part of global health or part of a broader dataset platform.)

I’ve also prioritized resources that have been around for a few years, or that seem particularly solid and with a strong reputation, as new areas, organizations, and resources are being created all of the time.

All of these resources can also be found online in an easy-to-read table.

# General Resources

  • Abt Associates — Consulting, research, and professional services firm based in Rockville, Maryland (suburb of Washington, DC), with both international development (largely technical assistance & implementation) projects and domestic (largely on surveys and impact evaluation) projects for the federal government.
  • AfriLabs — Network of innovation centers, roughly 174 across 45 countries in Africa.
  • Alidade — Interactive guide to choosing technology for your social change project.
  • Appropedia — Wiki offering solutions in sustainability, appropriate technology, poverty reduction, and permaculture.
  • Appropriating Technology — Blog from Tony Roberts, fellow in the Digital & Technology team at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK.
  • Benetech — Silicon Valley nonprofit started by Jim Fruchterman with a focus on developing software for social good.
  • BRCK — Kenyan-based technology startup that develops products and services to increase digital connectivity, particularly the BRCK connectivity device.
  • CAST - Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology — UK-based nonprofit focused on tech for good.
  • CDI - Centre for Development Informatics — Multidisciplinary center researching the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in socio-economic development.
  • Community Tool Box — Tools for taking action, teaching, and training others in organizing for community development.
  • Computer Aid — UK-based not-for-profit that facilitates the practical application of ICT4D solutions, primarily through computers.
  • Development Gateway Blog — Blog for the NGO focused on combining data, technology, and people. Good examples of tools built for actual use by/in organizations.
  • Devex Data for Development — Blog series from Devex focusing on satellite data projects in international development.
  • DIAL - Digital Impact Alliance — Partnership of UN Foundation, USAID, the Gates Foundation, and the Swedish Government to support digital development projects, including the Principles of Digital Development.
  • Digital Investment Principles — Set of principles launched at the World Health Summit 2018 for donors to align their investments to country digital health strategies that are in support of national health strategies.
  • Digital Principles of Development — Guidelines that can help development practitioners integrate established best practices into technology-enabled program - written by and for international development donors, multilateral organizations, and implementing partners, and they are freely available for use by all.
  • Digital Square — Consortium of more than 40 global health organizations and countries working to create and sustain digital health systems in emerging economies.
  • Digital Technologies for Resilience — Inventory of tools and technologies focused on resilience, particularly in Asia — developed by FHI360 and the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • Digital@DAI — A relatively new but well-written blog covering recent technologies, experiments with tech solutions, and reviews.
  • DIL - Development Impact Lab — Berkeley-based global consortium of research institutes, NGOs, and industry partners committed to advancing international development through science and technology innovations.
  • EduTech — One of the best blogs on ICT, with a focus on education, from Mike Trucano of the World Bank.
  • Engineering for Change — A forum to connect, collaborate, solve challenges and share knowledge among a growing community of engineers, technologists, social scientists, NGOs, local governments and community advocates, who are dedicated to improving the quality of life all over the world.
  • Engineers without Borders — International federation of organizations that strive to leverage engineering-based solutions to global development challenges.
  • Facebook Free Basics — Facebook project to bring basic Internet service coupled with mobile services to the Global South.
  • Free Software Directory — Collaborative wiki catalog of free software.
  • Global Development Lab — Department within USAID that brings together partners to discover, test, and scale breakthrough solutions to achieve the end of extreme poverty.
  • Global Innovation Exchange — Global portal for innovations, funding, insights, resources and conversations, built by USAID.
  • GSMA Intelligence — Data and analysis for the mobile industry.
  • GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index — Connectivity map of telecoms companies throughout the world.
  • ICT4D.at — Austrian blog network for ICT4D professionals.
  • ICTLogy — From Ismael Peña-López, one of the longest-running ICT sites and blogs with many great links and resources.
  • ICTs for Development — Blog associated with University of Manchester’s Centre for Development Informatics Blog associated with University of Manchester’s Centre for Development Informatics.
  • ICTWorks — One of the most well-known blogs for all things ICT.
  • IDIN - International Development Innovation Network — MIT D-Lab effort that supports innovators and entrepreneurs around the globe to design, develop, and disseminate technologies to improve the lives of people living in poverty.
  • ImpactTrackerTech — Feature comparison from popular digital data collection tools.
  • Interconnection.org — International organization that makes ICT accessible to underserved communities around the world by providing high-quality refurbished computers to nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.
  • Inveneo — Nonprofit organization based in San Francisco with focus on ICTs for organizations supporting underserved communities in the developing world, mostly in Africa.
  • JustPeace Labs — San Francisco-based nonprofit working on tech for good.
  • Kopernik — Nonprofit using technology to reach and support the last-mile of the developing world.
  • Nethope — Social enterprise that acts as an international NGO catalyst for productive collaboration, innovation and problem-solving to reimagine how technology can improve the world.
  • NetHope Solutions Center — Catalog of technology solutions, products, and services.
  • NGOAidMap — Publicly available data on international development and humanitarian response.
  • Panoply Digital — Consultancy organization in the UK that focuses on ICT.
  • Peace Direct — Prize awards for local peacebuilding — $10,000 and online promotion of your work.
  • Project Hello World — UK-based nonprofit that develops solar-powered Internet kiosks for marginalized communities.
  • Restart Project — Organization that works with communities, schools, and companies to value and use electronics longer.
  • SDG Tracker — Site with information about measuring progress towards the SDGs.
  • Shuttleworth Foundation — Privately funded trust that focuses opening knowledge resources.
  • Steve Song's Awesome Connectivity Info — List of connectivity indexes and reports to help you better under who has access to communication infrastructure and on what terms.
  • Tech Salons — Host of regular meetings on technology and international development topics in different cities.
  • TechChange — Washington, DC-based education tech startup that provides online professional development in technology and social change.
  • TechSoup — International network of 53 partner NGOs in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East that leverages technology to build NGO capacity towards solving social problems in local communities and fostering global social change.
  • The Toolbox — Links to resources, articles, and tools targeted at citizen activists (and founded by Peter Gabriel).
  • Tim Unwin's Blog — Blog from Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D and Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • Timbuktu Chronicles — News about Africa innovations around technology and entrepreneurship.
  • University of Washington - Change — Group at the University of Washington exploring how technology can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.
  • Wireless Network in the Developing World — Book about designing, implementing, and maintaining low-cost wireless networks.
  • WSIS Stocktaking — Database of ICT activities carried out by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society and others.

# Gear

  • BRCK Device — Innovative solution to combine a router, USB modem, SIM wireless modem, hard drive, and battery in one device.
  • Gnarbox — Backup hard drive device for use in the field (creates local WiFi network) — great for researchers, media specialties.
  • Goal Zero — Configurable solar chargers.
  • iFixit — Repair guide wiki with lots of different tutorials directed at all levels.
  • LibraryBox — Portable local server that offers up documents.
  • Product Chart — New products analyzed and compared.
  • RACHEL - Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education & Learning — Collection of tools and offline digital content curated for the Global South educational environment — versions use a Raspberry Pi computer or USB drive.
  • The Wirecutter — Ongoing gadget and gear review and buying guide.
  • ToughTested — Industrial grade electronics accessories in power, audio, and device protection.

# International Development

  • Atlas Corps — Nonprofit which aims to facilitate communication among leaders in the international nonprofit sector.
  • Center for Global Development — Washington DC-based nonprofit think tank that focuses on international development.
  • Chayn — An open-source project that leverages technology to empower women against violence and oppression so they can live happier and healthier lives.
  • Chemonics — International development firm that works for bilateral and multilateral donors and the private sector to manage projects in developing countries.
  • Data2x — UN Foundation initiative to improve the quality, availability, and use of gender data in order to make a practical difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide.
  • Development Gateway — International development consultancy of international development professionals, governments, and citizens with the knowledge they need to improve lives.
  • DFAT - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade — Department of the Government of Australia responsible for foreign policy, foreign relations, foreign aid, consular services, and trade and investment.
  • DFID - United Kingdom Department for International Development — UK government department responsible for administering overseas aid.
  • Empretec - UNCTAD — Program established by UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) to promote the creation of sustainable, innovative, and internationally competitive small- and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Girl Effect — Organization that connects girls to each other and to the critical assets they need.
  • Girl-Stats.org — Global data on adolescent girls and young women across issues such as health, education and labour market participation.
  • GIZ - German Corporation for International Cooperation — German international development agency.
  • GlobalGiving — Global crowdfunding community, connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in many countries.
  • Humana — Network of 31 organizations engaged in international solidarity, cooperation and development in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
  • Inter-American Foundation — Independent U.S. Government agency to channel development assistance directly to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • MCC - Millennium Challenge Corporation — An innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty.
  • ODI - Overseas Development Institute — UK-based think tank with a focus on global development.
  • Oxfam — UK-based global organization that addresses the structural causes of poverty and related injustice and work primarily through local accountable organizations, seeking to enhance their effectiveness.
  • Paris21 — Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century, promotes the better use and production of statistics throughout the developing world, a cooperative of the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.
  • Peace Corps — Independent federal agency that sends American volunteers overseas across 60 countries to work in education, global health, agriculture, the environment, community development, and more.
  • Results for Development — Nonprofit organization working on international development issues.
  • Save the Children — International non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.
  • SID - Society for International Development — Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit committed to stimulating dialogue and cooperation on global development issues, enhancing skills, knowledge and understanding among development practitioners, and providing a network for individuals and organizations working in various sectors of international development.
  • USAID - Self-Reliance Roadmaps — USAID's country-specific roadmaps for self-reliance, featuring indexes across multiple criteria.
  • USAID - United States Agency for International Development — US government foreign aid and assistance federal agency.
  • World Bank — International financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of poorer countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects. It comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the International Development Association.

# Jobs

  • Design Gigs for Good — Routine updates of job and consulting listings with a skew towards social impact roles.
  • Idealist.org — Well-known job board with many social impact and nonprofit organizations.
  • Tech for Good — UK-based community group entrepreneur community group focusing on employing technology for social impact and ethical production, founded by Bethnal Green Ventures.
  • Tech Jobs for Good — Tech jobs at social impact organizations.