Valerie D’Costa served for close to a decade as head of infoDev at the World Bank, a cutting edge technology entrepreneurship program which supports innovative startups in over 80 countries. She now leads a program at the Bank to support women-led enterprises and female entrepreneurs. Before joining the World Bank, Valerie was Director of the International Division at the Info-Communication Development Authority of Singapore, where she represented her country Singapore on a range of international and bilateral tech issues. She has a deep understanding of the ICT for Development (ICT4D) agenda, and the role technology plays in fighting poverty and empowering people’s lives.

Think Circles, not Pyramids

Who understands most clearly the needs of citizens in developing countries? They do. So why don’t we include them in the design of development solutions more? It would happen if we thought about circles – rather than pyramids – of influence.