Read about activities taking place in the Centre for Digital Development.

New research outputs (spring 2024)

New research outputs from CDD researchers are available that relate to Digital China; Digital platforms; Digital agriculture; and Digital health.

China's digital expansion in the global South project

CDD has commissioned a set of case studies analysing China’s digital expansion into other low-/middle-income developing countries. The cases plus an overview review were presented at an international workshop with presentations now available via the CDD Events YouTube channel, and with working-paper versions available alongside final published versions in a special issue of The Information Society.

New research outputs (winter 2023)

New research outputs from CDD researchers are available that relate to Digital economy; Digital labour; Digital transformation; and Data-for-development.

New research outputs (summer 2023)

New research outputs from CDD researchers are available that relate to China digital, digital platforms, digital transformation, and digital water.

New research outputs (autumn 2022)

New research outputs from CDD researchers are available that relate to China digital, data-for-development, digital economy / platforms, digital inclusion, digital water, digital rights, and digital sustainability.

Equity & Merit Masters scholarships

The University of Manchester's Equity & Merit Scholarship scheme is offering fully-funded scholarships for Masters programmes including MSc Digital Development and MSc Management & Information Systems (distance learning). Eligible applicants must be from Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda or Zimbabwe with top Bachelors grades and minimum two years’ work experience. Applications for 2023 entry have now passed but details of future rounds will be available at the Equity & Merit webpage.

Digital inequality beyond the digital divide

A new open-access journal paper, “Digital Inequality Beyond the Digital Divide: Conceptualising Adverse Digital Incorporation in the Global South” has been published. Using the new concept of adverse digital incorporation, it explains how inclusion in - rather than exclusion from - digital systems leads to inequality.

New research outputs (spring 2022)

New research outputs from CDD researchers are available that relate to data-for-development, digital labour, digital platforms, digital society, and educational technology.

Digital platforms and development papers

Conceptualising Digital Platforms in Developing Countries as Socio-Technical Transitions” by Juan Erasmo Gomez-Morantes, Richard Heeks & Richard Duncombe demonstrates how the multi-level perspective approach can be used to analyse the lifecycle of digital platforms: the process of innovation, rapidity of scaling, and development impacts relating to resource endowments, institutional formalisation, and shifts in power.

Digital Platforms and Institutional Voids in Developing Countries” (open access) by Richard Heeks, Juan Erasmo Gomez-Morantes, Brian Nicholson and colleagues from the Fairwork project, analyses how digital platforms change markets through their institutional actions. Using the example of ride-hailing, it finds platforms have formed a market that is more efficient, effective, complete and formalised. At the same time, though, they have institutionalised problematic behaviours and significant inequalities.

Digital health papers

Cost-Effectiveness of a Mobile Technology-Enabled Primary Care Intervention for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management in Rural Indonesia” by Gindo Tampubolon and colleagues demonstrates how to determine the economic impact of m-health. It calculates the cost-effectiveness of a mobile-based health intervention at c.US$4,300 per disability-adjusted life year averted and US$3,700 per cardiovascular disease event avoided.

Delivering Eye Health Education to Deprived Communities in India through a Social Media-Based Innovation” by Chandrani Maitra & Jenny Rowley aims to develop understanding of the benefits of, and the challenges associated with the use of social media to disseminate eye health information in deprived communities in India.

Using a Social Media Based Intervention to Enhance Eye Health Awareness of Members of a Deprived Community in India” (open access) by Chandrani Maitra & Jennifer Rowley reports on a WhatsApp-based intervention to promote eye health communication in deprived settings. This research highlights the potential benefits of WhatsApp in increasing awareness on eye problems, amongst deprived communities where the disease burden remains very high.

Data-for-development papers

"Strengthening the Skills Pipeline for Statistical Capacity Development to Meet the Demands of Sustainable Development: Implementing a Data Fellowship Model in Colombia" (open access) by Pete Jones, Jackie Carter, Jaco Renken & Magdalena Arbeláez Tobón, considers the importance of quantitative data skills development implied by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The success of a partnership programme in the UK is used to explore how 'data fellowships' can fulfil some of the unmet capacity needs of the SDGs in a developing country context, Colombia.

Building Information Modelling Diffusion Research in Developing Countries” (open access) by Samuel Adeniyi Adekunle, Obuks Ejohwomu & Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa undertakes a literature review – including current and future research trends – on the adoption of building information modelling in developing countries.

We have also published a collection of ten case studies analysing new urban data in Latin America, Africa and Asia from data justice/rights perspectives.

Digital water paper

Digital Innovations and Water Services in Cities of the Global South: A Systematic Literature Review” (open access) by Godfred Amankwaa, Richard Heeks & Alison Browne reviews the literature on digital and water in Southern cities. It summarises findings to date on implementation and impact and sets out the future research agenda.

Digital economy outputs

Navigating a New Digital Era Means Changing the World Economic Order” (open access) by Shamel Azmeh, discusses the implications of digital shifts for global economic governance.

A new website from CDD members, Chris Foster and Shamel Azmeh, provides a resource tracking digital trade globally - with a focus on the justice and development aspects.