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Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development

Impactful IoT interventions in development can improve efficiency (achieving similar levels of impact with fewer resources) and/or enhance effectiveness (increasing impact with similar levels of existing resources). In advancing global development, IoT interventions are helping to improve research, public policy, basic service delivery and the monitoring and evaluation of programmes across a range of different sectors. This report discusses examples of use cases of the IoT in healthcare, water, agriculture, natural resource management, resiliency to climate change and energy.

Given the high pervasiveness of the IoT’s impact, it is vital that as more countries introduce policy frameworks, they take into account the various factors and implications of the IoT across different sectors. When all stakeholders are included in active dialogue, the IoT represents a promising opportunity for more coherent policy-making and implementation.