With only ten years left to achieve the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), development organizations rapidly
need to innovate their approach to decision making and problem
solving. New lessons and understandings, born from emerging
uses of technology, can enable these innovations. This position
paper uses the new paradigm of intelligence—which includes
data intelligence, artificial intelligence, collective intelligence, and
embodied intelligence—to provide development practitioners,
policymakers, and decision-makers with an overview of the benefits
and risks associated with various emerging uses of technologies.
These assessments are illustrated where possible with examples
from the field. It recommends the creation of a decision-making
framework to help practitioners determine whether to invest in
emerging technologies and how such technologies can effectively
support development objectives. This early framework iteration
focuses on carefully defining the relevant development objectives
while taking into account the prevailing environment before
addressing the solution by assessing the maturity, challenges,
cost implications and risks of the technology’s use as well as the
presence of enablers or disablers that could determine its impact
and appropriateness.

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