Information and communications technology for development, or ICT4D, is the practice of using technology to assist poor and marginalized people in developing communities. To learn more about that technology, check out our ICT4D Partner Training site for one-pagers, training curriculum and descriptions of all of our supported tools! CRS is a leader in the new era of data extraction and analysis that provides insights for program innovation, learning and adaptive management. CRS applies technology at scale to increase our reach and effectiveness while providing measurable improvements in the lives of the people we serve.
Our ICT4D approach and strategies include:
To learn more about how ICT4D impacts CRS’ work around the world, click here!
Impact of ICT4D Programs
Each year, CRS challenges its staff to identify opportunities to improve program efficacy and awards funding to the most promising initiatives through small innovation grants.
In response to increased cash-based programming and the need for multiple asset transfer modalities, we established a cash and assets transfer, or CAT, platform. As software for beneficiary data management, CAT supports the collection, analysis and management of data during different phases of cash or asset transfers. Through CAT, we have transferred almost $37 million in cash or vouchers and tracked distribution of over 55,000 in-kind items to 137,000 families across 12 countries.
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Capacity at a Glance
Experience: 10+ Years of ICT4D Support for CRS Programs
Investing: From 2017-2020, CRS spent roughly $2.5 million on technology as a way to improve coverage, efficiency, transparency, and accountability in Nigerian bed-net campaigns – reaching 22.5 million people.
Extra: Provided ICT4D to programs supporting more than 107 million beneficiaries through 135 projects in 73 countries.
Program Stories & News
Technology for development is growing fastest in Asia, new survey finds
ICT4D survey shows rapid growth in Asia, majority of use by staff, not participantsMore
CRS Named to "Million Lives Club" For Innovative Malaria Programming
Recognition comes for bed net distribution in two African countriesMore
Research & Publications
Digital by Default
USAID’s Digital Strategy 2020-2024
USAID has released its first-ever Digital Strategy, charting an Agency-wide vision for development and humanitarian assistance in the world’s rapidly evolving digital landscape. It sets a path to equip staff, empower partners, and shape effective programming that supports partners to become self-reliant and capable of leading More
ICT4D and COVID-19
Digital tools help programs respond and adapt to the pandemic.
Due to this crisis, CRS turned to technology to ensure programs can continue their essential, lifesaving work while adhering to recommendations on physical distancing and other preventative measures. More
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