7 lessons to learn about Internet connectivity

Students of the Inveneo/Petzl tower safety workshop in Gulu, Uganda. We summarize key lessons that can help guide development professionals toward more productive engagement with the new world of Internet connectivity. Photo by: ICT4D Social Enterprise / CC BY-NC-ND

Despite the excitement around efforts to connect the next billion people to Internet access, many foreign aid professionals still miss opportunities for innovation.

It can be difficult to separate the best ideas from the flashy ones, and, as Devex recently reported in an article on technologies bringing Internet to the poor that every development leader must know, there are plenty of ideas out there.

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    Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.