Digital Innovation , Reducing Digital Divide , Sustainable Technology


Digital Innovation , Reducing Digital Divide , Sustainable Technology

Innovation for Impact

Technological and economic transformations, characteristic of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), are throwing into question the nature of employment, education, and social protection across the globe. As we begin to address the impacts of these transformations and design policies for the future, an important lens through which to consider them is that of social equality and justice. Inequal access to the 4IR innovations may create a new digital divide, furthering the social divide that already exists. Digital Innovation for Impact (Dii) is a technology startup based in the Global South that is reducing the digital divide by unlocking the potential of data and innovation. Encompassing the ethos of Human-centered-design (HCD) Dii has a core group of technologists, development professionals, and researchers that deploys ethical technology solutions for the rural population. We work with businesses, governments, NGOs and communities, providing advisory services, impact assessment, learning design, training, and end-to-end project implementation.

Our Services

Digital Development Specialists

Dii tracks and critically analyses ICT4D innovations, projects, and policies to identify best practices in service design and delivery across sectors and regions. We use this knowledge in our collaborations and with our clients, leveraging our globally recognised expertise in digital development to help them achieve their goals.
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End-To-End Solution Design

Our team works closely with clients to develop strategies, research, and solutions that span the lifecycle of your project. From background research and scoping to project review and assessment, we are there with you every step of the way to see that your needs are addressed with actionable results. In our project funded by the World Bank, in partnership with the Wageningen University and Weather Impact, we are using AI and ML models to generate better forecasts for Bangladesh.

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Strategic Advisory Services

Our team has provided strategic guidance to large organizations in both the public and private sectors on all aspects of ICT4D from digital service design to country-wide policy matters and implementation. We have experience working across Africa and Asia providing expert advice to startups, large businesses, NGOs, and governments on how they can best use digital solutions to meet their objectives. We are respected thought leaders in our fields having presented at countless international conferences and events, and routinely share our perspectives with new content on our blog.
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Our Work

Sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasts for agriculture

Agricultural production is the most vulnerable sector due to climatic shocks. MET offices in the global south are often not equipped to provide forward-looking forecasts for farmers- leading to low yield and poor production planning. We partnered with the Bangladesh Meteorology Department, Department of Agricultural Extension, Weather Impact, and Wageningen university to bring state-of-the-art sub-seasonal and seasonal forecast technology to farmers in Bangladesh.

Real-time Agromet Advisory for reducing crop loss

Weather is the most important factor in the production of agricultural crops, yet most farmers and extension agents in the global south often don’t get real-time agro-meteorological advisories. Our work aims to ensure the weather information and localized Agromet advisory for their crops reaches them through an automated process. In partnership with the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Bangladesh we are providing tailored agro-met forecasts for the specific variety of crops they grow.

Interactive Content Management for Farmers in Bangladesh

To illustrate modern farming practices and disseminating information among farmers we designed and developed an interactive website in collaboration with Agriculture Information Service (AIS) to host agriculture videos. Farmers can learn and obtain information about new production practices through the interactive video tutorials.

Key Team Members

Our Partners

Sadman Sadek

Sadman started his career as a software engineer at a subsidiary of intel writing codes to build softwares for Community Healthcare Workers to improve the data collection process. Now Sadman has over a decade of experience in the technology and digital development space and led the implementation of several ICT4D programs across South Asia and Africa valued at more than $8 million. Having a focus on innovation and ICT4D, his project has been recognized and awarded for innovation, social impact, and sustainability by various organizations such as ITU, Digital Empowerment Foundation, and the Bangladesh government. His expertise in strategy, capacity building, human-centered design, digital development principles, and nonprofit business development helped to raise more than $2.5 million worth of funds for the organizations he worked with.

S A M Saifur Rahman

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Dr. Md Abdul Mannan

Bangladesh’s one of the most respected meteorologists, Dr. Mannan has over thirty years of experience in the area of meteorology and weather. As a former Director of the Storm Warning Center (SWC) of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) Dr. Mannan was responsible for generating and disseminating forecasts for major weather events in Bangladesh. He oversaw the operational development, management, and implementation of various weather models that leverage big data, AI, and parallel computing to generate forecast and storm modeling.

Dr. Hasan M Abdullah

Dr. Abdullah is an expert in leveraging GIS and Remote sensing for an agricultural context. Dr. Abdullah holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Science with a major in Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS from the Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Gifu University, Japan. Currently, he is working on a NASA-funded five-year project as an international collaborating expert with Boston University. He is also a Norman E Borlaug International Agriculture Science and Technology fellow at Louisiana State University, funded by the USDA. Dr. Abdullah also worked as a CO-PI with Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) for the Development of Geodatabase of Haor Region for Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture in the context of climate change. He has excellent working experience in handling large dataset, database (SQL), satellite image interpretation, weather data interpretation, satellite image processing, GIS analysis and modeling with R, Erdas Imagine, ENVI, eCognition, QGIS, and Arc Info Processing. He has over twenty publications on the intersection of agriculture, forestry, weather, and satellite data.

Kartick Chandra Chakroborty

Kartick Chandra Chakroborty, an expert in the area of agriculture communication and agronomy Kartick Chandra Chakroborty has over thirty years of experience in diversified roles within the Department of Agricultural Extension Bangladesh. As the former Director of the Agriculture Information Service (AIS) under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture Bangladesh, he executed all the mass communication strategies and campaigns for the MoA. As a top executive of DAE, he contributed to various national plans and policy formulation. He is also an expert in modern horticultural technology including horticulture-based project implementation, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and Integrated Farm Management (IFM). He participated in numerous national and international training programs as an expert.

Md Mushfiqul Islam

Md Mushfiqul Islam has over ten years of working experience in agricultural development, communication and extension. He is acquainted to work with the Agriculture Information Service (AIS) in a role of a project facilitator which is a part of a government organization. He has two research papers published in ‘International Journal of Research’. He is very adept at facilitating project activities, preparing the action plan and budget of a project, building rapport with stakeholders, providing training to the beneficiaries and others, monitoring and evaluation of the project, and so on.

Md. Ferdous Hasan Prodhan

Having 14 years of working experience in different projects under multiple dimensions like Market System Development, Livelihoods & Food Security, DRR and Climate Change,Women Economic Empowerment, etc. in many renowned social and development organizations Md. Ferdous Hasan Prodhan is currently working as a consultant in Digital Innovation for Impact. He has strong expertise in Project Management and Implementation considering logical framework/result chain,Budget preparation and Management. Preparing reports, conducting surveys,Impact Study, Questionnaire,Development, Research work, and so on. He has experience working in a GEOPotato project of Agriculture Information service (AIS) under the Ministry of Agriculture which leverages weather data and satellite data for late blight forecasting.

Bhupoti Chandro Sarkar

Bhupoti Chandro Sarkar is currently working as an operations coordinator in Digital Innovation for Impact where he is mostly responsible for overall program designing, monitoring, implementation, preparing reports on expenses and office budgets. He has to keep track of field activities with partner organizations. He has over 8 years of experience working with various organizations as an operations coordinator, implementation officer, field implementation manager, and ICT field coordinator. Having all these professional experiences he has strong expertise in ICT training and implementation, communications, field research, community mobilization, and market development.

Abu Ahamed Sabbir

A young agricultural economist, Abu Ahamed Sabbir, a graduate from Bangladesh Agricultural University has kicked off his professional career with Digital Innovation for Impact as a project associate. He is passionate about learning and doing research on economics related with agriculture, production, resource and environment, food system and rural development. He has experience working in different research projects of his university as a research assistant, data enumerator etc. He is good at questionnaire design,apps based questionnaire design (KoboToolbox, ODK, Surveycto), statistical analysis, data management and visualization, scientific paper writing etc.

Noshin Tasnim Othoi

Senior Research Associate
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Rokaiya Tasnim Tithi

Rokaiya is the head of partnership and resource mobilization in Dii. She has 5 years of experience in Business development and organizational strategic outreach. She is adept in development communication, grants management, marketing and growth management. She excels in developing quality content, i.e. systematically standardized reports, proposals, presentations along with formal publications. In addition, she is skilled in producing rapid information, developing compelling needs and impact-focused content for donor/partner/organizational communication materials.

Mohammad Mahabub Hasan

Head of Finance and Operations
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