Information and communications technology for development, commonly known as ICT4D, is the practice of using technology to achieve development and humanitarian outcomes. CRS established its ICT4D team in over a decade ago and it has since grown into a leader in the effective and responsible use of technology and data to advance programmatic quality, impact, and reach. Today, the use of technology is embedded into the majority of all projects implemented by CRS and its partners, enabling adaptive management of projects, communication with program participants, and assistance to reach those in need. We also continue to innovate, working closely with programmatic teams to identify new ways in which technology can add value to the agency’s work.
Key areas of focus for CRS’s ICT4D practice include:
- Emergency response
- Cash and asset transfers
- Monitoring & Evaluation
CRS also organises the ICT4D Conference, the largest annual event bringing together ICT4D practitioners for knowledge exchange and networking.
To learn more about how ICT4D impacts CRS’ work around the world, click here!
Research & Publications
The Incalculable Value of Digital Health Campaigns: Perspectives from Benin
Digital tools can improve access to higher quality data that can be used to improve campaign coverage. Catholic Relief Services is a leader in health campaign digitization in Africa. More
Digital Response in the COVID-19 Environment
The COVID-19 pandemic elevated the use of digital technology in programming from an opportunity to a fundamental need. The social distancing required to stave off the virus has made technology an essential means for the continuation of service delivery. As such, many CRS country programs, together More
Monthly Interval Resilience Analysis (MIRA)
Measuring Resilience and Well-Being for Stronger Food Security and Resilience Programming
The Monthly Interval Resilience Analysis (MIRA) is CRS’ high frequency resilience monitoring approach and is used for measuring resilience and well-being for stronger food security and resilience programming. More
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