*Read about the programme in 5 minutes*

New technologies are disrupting and reshaping individuals, societies and economies. This had led to a surge of interest in the potential of these technologies to contribute to positive change in global development and humanitarian contexts.

Frontier Technology Livestreaming is helping the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) apply frontier technologies to the biggest challenges in development.

The programme works with FCDO staff around the world to test and scale technology with the potential for positive social impact. We do this by providing:

(1) Support to work in new, agile ways

Our dedicated Frontier Technologies Hub combines innovation, governance, and programme…


*Read about the programme in 5 minutes

New technologies are disrupting and reshaping individuals, societies and economies. This had led to a surge of interest in the potential of these technologies to contribute to positive change in global development and humanitarian contexts.

Frontier Technology Livestreaming is helping the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) apply frontier technologies to the biggest challenges in development.

The programme works with FCDO staff around the world to test and scale technology with the potential for positive social impact. We do this by providing:

(1) Support to work in new, agile ways

Our dedicated Frontier Technologies Hub combines innovation, governance, and programme…


See the story of the pilot and our insights on Frontier Connectivity tech here

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When we design these courses, we really need to understand the environment. For us to keep the momentum in the long term, we need to have more culturally relevant courses.

At the Frontier Technologies Hub, we work with UKAid to explore how emerging technologies can help to solve the variety of challenges found in developing country contexts.

In this case study, we present the story and reflect on a completed pilot project from Myanmar, which looked to see if mobile learning boxes can provide a means to access education for children in Myanmar’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps?

You can find the publication here


See the story of the pilot and our insights on Frontier Connectivity tech here

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“The biggest challenge has been onboarding the suppliers, the agro dealers. Konga is used to doing business with dealers, but they found that in this space it’s not business as usual given that their customers [the farmers] operate in rural or peri-rural areas…Physical sales are what works for them. So there was a challenge in bringing them online when most of their customers are physical.”

At the Frontier Technologies Hub, we work with UKAid to explore how emerging technologies can help to solve the variety of…


See the story of the pilot and our insights on DLT tech here

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Doing a simulation exercise on the platform, with real data, was really great for us. The broader impact that we had was simply showing people that there are different ways of doing things, that there are opportunities for improved efficiency and transparency, [and] that there are discussions that can be usefully had between units…It raises all sorts of interesting questions, and we need to talk about those questions.

At the Frontier Technologies Hub, we work with UK Aid to explore how emerging technologies can help to solve…


Following a Frontier Tech pilot from idea to impact 🚲

Pay-as-you go bikes.

What’s the first thing this phrase makes you think of?

If you live in London, like I do, it’s probably the “Boris Bike”. This cycle hire scheme took off in cities like London and Paris in the late 2000’s and is increasingly becoming a means of transport for citizens being replicated across the world.

The idea of renting a bike has also become more widespread with the skyrocketing demand for bicycles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the questions the virus is asking of public…


“Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.”

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It has become a cliché to say that the wars of the future will be fought over water.

Whether or not this turns out to be true, there is already evidence that many places around the world do not have enough of it. Throughout 2018, there was panic in Cape Town as it approached ‘Day Zero’ — the day when water would be rationed. It was narrowly averted, but water remains at a crisis point. In Karachi, water has become a criminal currency controlled by mafias


“When it comes to climate change, machine learning can help on both mitigation and adaptation sides.”

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This story has been taken from the multimedia report Top 10 Frontier Technologies for Climate Action. Find it here.

We associate computer technology with the places where most innovation happens — Silicon Valley, Berlin, London, New York.

But the cost of computational power is decreasing, and as electronics become smaller, cheaper and more widespread, they are more accessible to the developing world. Invisible computational systems can revolutionise all manner of industries, even in countries where electricity connections are unreliable. …


“Transitioning to a circular economy model could bring global growth of up to $4.5 trillion

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This story has been taken from the multimedia report Top 10 Frontier Technologies for Climate Action. Find it here.

Societies around the world make, use and dispose of items in a linear way.

Clearly, in an era of unprecedented waste, with pollution overwhelming swathes of land and ocean, this is not working. Recent campaigns against fast fashion and single-use plastics make it clear that there is a demand for something different. Yet the most devastating step of the linear process — disposal — most often…

David Vigoureux

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