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Published on December 20th, 2023

DT Global’s Top 12 Blogs of 2023

Can blockchain technologies increase transparency in land records? How can we use communication to support governments to rebuild trust with their citizenry? Which adaptive management practices can we apply to fragile and conflict contexts? What does climate migration equity look like in practice? How can diaspora communities help build export markets?

In 2023, DT Global’s bloggers explored these questions and more. Check out our top 12 blogs from the year!

Linkages With Diaspora Result in Export Success for Kosovo Women Entrepreneurs

For small economies, getting small businesses into export markets is crucial to growth and sustainability. Our USAID Kosovo Compete Activity works with women entrepreneurs to establish crucial business linkages through diaspora to get their products into European markets. In this blog, we explore how our program built up these linkages.

What Have We Learned Piloting Blockchain Technologies in India?

Did you know that in India, disputes related to state land acquisition have impacted nearly 7.7 million people, most of whom belong to vulnerable and economically weaker sections of society? In this blog, we look at how our FCDO-funded Frontier Technologies Hub piloted the use of blockchain technologies to increase transparency in land records in Karnataka State in India.

Where Thinking and Working Politically Meets Gender — Tactics That Have Worked

When we support reform in the countries we work with, we often see tension between influencing and working within a system while trying to change the system. This is especially apparent when trying to influence a system to work for women and other marginalized groups. In this blog, we explore tactics for thinking and working politically on gender.

Reflections on the Intersections of Climate and Conflict Prevention

Natural resource scarcity can be exacerbated by climate change and, in regions that are impacted by extreme climate and ongoing conflict, this scarcity can trigger conflict. In this blog, we explore how our USAID Shejeh Salam peacebuilding program in Sudan and our USAID Transition Initiative for Stabilization Saddex in Somalia are using mediation, rehabilitation, and resource sharing methods to mitigate conflict in the face of climate change.

How Performing Arts Boosts the Socio-economic Integration of Women and Youth in the Pacific

Can we protect traditional art and culture while helping it to support economic growth? Our EU-funded ACP-EU Culture Programme is working with the Fiji-based VOU Dance Company to do just that. In this blog, we explore how the ACP-EU Culture Programme is working with VOU to create a dance conservatory and professional training school (including training on administrative roles within theater and the arts) to both boost local employment and safeguard local cultural traditions and art forms for years to come.

Exploring How Adaptive Management Can Benefit Programming in Fragile Settings

We know from our work in political unstable or conflict environments that often programming can change in unpredictable ways, and being able to adapt and respond is critical. From 2017-2021, DT Global APAC managed a local governance program in Myanmar, which was marked by significant unexpected changes due to Covid and a coup. Using DT Global’s Adaptive Management Framework, we created a blog and reflection paper on how to apply adaptive management principles in fragile settings.

DEIA at DT Global: Bringing Inclusion and Accessibility into Focus

What does it mean to be truly accessible in the physical workplace? What should we do to be truly inclusive in our daily actions? As we move from remote to hybrid and in-person, questions of accessibility and inclusion are critical. In this blog, we explore some of the actions we are taking and principles we can all incorporate to make all colleagues feel welcome and at ease.

Reorienting Communication to Rebuild Trust in Armenia

In environments of political instability or low citizen trust, how can government use effective communication tactics to restore trust? In October 2023, we used public opinion polling in Armenia to explore where trust has been lost between Armenians and their government, and how to restore it.

Supporting Future Local Leaders in Asia Pacific and Beyond

DT Global launched our inaugural round of the Emerging Leaders in International Development (ELID) program in 2022-2023 with the goal of empowering local leaders and promoting locally led development. In this blog, we discuss the program and what was offered to participants.

How Latrines Are Changing Lives in Akobo County, South Sudan

In Akobo County in South Sudan, over 85%  of households do not have access to a latrine — and this open defecation leads to widespread illness, especially in children. Traditional development practices to promote latrine construction involve triggering disgust in communities, but through our USAID Afia WASH and past programs, DT Global has also been piloting pride-based approaches that promote a sense of ownership and pride in hygiene and sanitation. In this blog, we discuss this approach and its impact.

Equity in Implementation: Climate Migration Lessons from the Pacific

By 2050, climate-driven migration is expected to drive 216 million people in six global regions from their homes. Of these regions, Pacific Island Countries are expected to be the most immediate areas for concern. In this blog, we explore the importance of listening to Pacific leadership to reimagine what successful migration looks like, including how policy makers can think about land, budgeting, communities, and individuals in an inclusive and equitable way.

Speaking Out Against Gender-Based Violence is Everyone’s Responsibility

Worldwide, nearly one in three women are affected by violence in their lives, and violence against women and girls is unique in that societies often shame victims while protecting the perpetrators. In this blog, we discuss what gender-based violence is and why it’s so insidious, and finally celebrate women who are sitting in their power and speaking up against this violence.