Emerging Uses of Technology for Development: A New Intelligence Paradigm

46 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2021

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Stefaan Verhulst

New York University (NYU) - The GovLab

Peter Martey Addo

Labex ReFi; Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Andrew Young

New York University (NYU)

Andrew J. Zahuranec

New York University (NYU)

Dominik Baumann

New York University (NYU) - The GovLab

Juliet McMurren

New York University (NYU) - The GovLab

Date Written: February 20, 2021

Abstract

With only ten years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), development organizations rapidly need to innovate their approach to decision making and problem solving. New lessons and understandings, born from emerging uses of technology, can enable these innovations. This position paper uses the new paradigm of intelligence — which includes data intelligence, artificial intelligence, collective intelligence, and embodied intelligence — to provide development practitioners, policymakers, and decision-makers with an overview of the benefits and risks associated with various emerging uses of technologies. These assessments are illustrated where possible with examples from the field. It recommends the creation of a decision-making framework to help practitioners determine whether to invest in emerging technologies and how such technologies can effectively support development objectives. This early framework iteration focuses on carefully defining the relevant development objectives while taking into account the prevailing environment before addressing the solution by assessing the maturity, challenges, cost implications and risks of the technology’s use as well as the presence of enablers or disablers that could determine its impact and appropriateness.

Keywords: governance, digital innovation, data

Suggested Citation

Verhulst, Stefaan and Addo, Peter Martey and Addo, Peter Martey and Young, Andrew and Zahuranec, Andrew and Baumann, Dominik and McMurren, Juliet, Emerging Uses of Technology for Development: A New Intelligence Paradigm (February 20, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3937649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3937649

Stefaan Verhulst (Contact Author)

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Peter Martey Addo

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Andrew Young

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Andrew Zahuranec

New York University (NYU) ( email )

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United States

Dominik Baumann

New York University (NYU) - The GovLab ( email )

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Juliet McMurren

New York University (NYU) - The GovLab ( email )

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United States

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