Digital Divides: Technology bridging the gap

The use of technology in the development sector is a very exciting and innovation is truly changing the way developmental agencies operate. The Maitland Commission is one of the first documents that pledged to bridge the imbalanced gap between developing and developed countries in terms of telecommunications. Today in developing countries almost everyone has access to a smart phone and can be connected to their neighbors and the global community with ease. During my time studying abroad in Kenya, I enjoyed the technological innovations such as MPESA that makes instant money transfers  fee free straight from your phone. This allows technology allows development agencies to transfer money to their beneficiaries, but allows the everyday person to make transactions with each other and business without the need for physical cash. I and almost everyone I knew in Kenya used MPESA on a daily basis. Due to this easy access to cash resources the economy is flowing much more fluidly and individuals can get assistance almost instantly. The access to telephones for almost everyone breaks down this digital divide.

Another form of technological innovation that I thought about while reading the assigned readings is block chain. Although block chain is not an ICT, the potential impact it has on the development sector is great. Interning at the World Food Programme, block chain is something that the organization has just started implementing to provide assistance more effective and efficiently to refugees around the world. It allows food recipients to be registered into databases by different features like finger prints. This means that the people who are supposed to receive the commodities will without a hitch and those who try to forge documents or collection cards will not be able to take away from the refugees that actually need it.  Innovations like these when used properly are what makes the world a much more equitable place and development more sustainable. Technology is rapidly changing and it is very exciting to see how innovation in the inclusive sustainable development front will push this sector forward in the coming years.