Big data viewed as most influential technology for development by DFID staff in new survey
Brink, a technology and development consultancy firm, have run their second survey exploring the impact of new technologies on development. The survey, undertaken on behalf of the Department for International Development (DFID) by its Frontier Technologies Hub, showed that DFID staff perceived big data as having the most potential to transform international development in 2019.
DFID staff ranked software technologies as far more important for changing development in the 2019 survey with financial technology (fintech) and the circular economy coming in the top three most influential technologies. This is in stark comparison to the results of the 2016 survey when DFID staff viewed hardware technologies like condensers, desalinators, solar powered batteries and smart grids as having greater impact than software technologies.