Tech4Dev 2.0 Project Report #6 – Oct 2023

Vision: A world with a strong technology ecosystem powering the social sector

Mission: Build and support the ecosystem of software, data and design companies, nonprofit partners, and foundations working towards creating social impact globally

2023 – Q3 Summary

Really pleased with the direction and progress of Tech4Dev. Q3 2023 saw us hitting our stride in multiple areas both from a team and an ecosystem perspective. In addition to our normal quarterly sprints, we also saw multiple events hosted by our ecosystem partners, from the Social Impact Circles by Edzola, to the Code4GovTech Summit by Samagra and topped off with the OASIS summit in Bangalore by the newly formed OASIS Network.  Within Tech4Dev we started with the City Meetups for Glific, initiated the Glific bootcamp and were super thrilled to finally introduce Dalgo – Data Platform to the world. Our partnerships with Agency Fund, Dasra and GoalKeep solidified while we worked on the Data Catalyst Projects and we collaborated with Dasra on the Bhansali Trust project. Seems like we finally are tackling the ecosystem part of our mission and vision, which is super exciting. We continue to talk to more funders around the ecosystem, but for the next couple of years we need to focus on executing well and strengthening tech resilience amongst our partner NGOs. 



  • All our platforms can benefit from predictable and shorter sales cycles. We continue to experiment with different ideas: City Meetups, Bootcamps, and Webinars with limited success. Our next hire has to  be someone who has experience in growing and managing a Software-as-a-Service business.
  • The past quarter, Avni focussed on strengthening the platform, while the Glific team redirected its energy on the Code4GovTech interns, which reduced platform development activities. Both projects also undertook a security audit and were busy fixing issues reported from it.
  • We’ve been wanting to build an international presence for our platforms and CxO Initiatives. We’ve not made significant progress on this, and will need to make this a priority this quarter. Let us know if you have any ideas on how we could push this forward.
  • We need to compensate people well, but at the same time incorporate the reality of the financial well-being of the sector. Our goal of building a sustainable entity will be challenging as we balance these competing options. We have to be creative to ensure we attract and retain high quality talent.

Introducing Dalgo: The Data Platform for Social Impact

In September 2023 we launched v.1.0 of Dalgo (formerly DDP), our open-source data platform for social impact organisations. Dalgo enables nonprofits to spend more time using their data for data informed decision-making and less on the repeated, resource-intensive, manual data consolidation efforts that they commonly struggle with.

Dalgo does this by automating data pipelines; bringing all your fragmented data from different data sources into a single data warehouse (owned by the NGO), then merging/cleaning/computing your data to create final datasets just the way you want them, and enabling you to connect and feed this data into your dashboards, mobile apps, or even generative AI models. You set up a daily/weekly frequency for this entire process then sit back and let the tech do all the work.

Dalgo mirrors a modern data stack found in the private sector with the added advantage of being tailored to meet the needs and goals of the development ecosystem. The Dalgo team has,  and will build data source connectors out for you if they don’t already exist. These connectors have been made available as open-source components for anyone to use (Survey CTO, Kobo, Avni, Glific). We also understand the need for nonprofits to receive reliable and responsive support and prioritise this via discord and documentation.

Our earliest adopter, SNEHA Mumbai, transformed their data management practices with Dalgo, overcoming data fragmentation and inefficient manual transformations. They successfully democratised data access, automated reporting, and are unlocking valuable insights from their data. As a result, SNEHA Mumbai stands as a good example of how nonprofits can leverage data to enhance their impact and improve the lives of underserved communities.

All of our product development is led by NGO needs. Our early work with SNEHA, STIR, SHRI and Dost Education helped us get to v1.0. Our current/upcoming engagements with TAP, KEF, Antarang, and LAHI, alongside help from Goalkeep, Agency Fund and everyone reading this will help shape the product going forward. We’re working towards some exciting developments in the next 6 months across data quality and governance, AI/ML, and platform UI/UX.

Now that we’ve built a respectable piece of engineering, we’re going to spend some time getting it into the hands of organisations who need it. That’s not to say that we won’t be adding features – but we will be spending more time on outreach and consulting engagements, and on soliciting and processing the feedback we get from these conversations. The team is enthusiastic about this and we’ve already tweaked our work habits and project management to accommodate this change. We’re looking forward to finding out what else our sector needs and how we can help them get there! 

In case you missed it, watch our Product Launch Webinar and read more about the launch journey here.


Tech4Dev 2.0: Summary of the Inflow & outflow

FY 2023-24
RECEIPTSBudget(Full year)Actual(YTD)Q1 Act.Jun 23Q2 Act.Sep 23Q3 Act.Dec 23Q4 Act.Mar 24% Est.
B/f Donor bal*$3,072,296$2,919,435$2,919,4354$3,265,65098%
Earned Revenue$500,000$101,302$0$101,30220%
EXPENDITUREBudget(Full year)Actual(YTD)Q1 Act.Jun 23Q2 Act.Sep 23Q3 Act.Dec 23Q4 Act.Mar 24% Est.
Program Salaries$765,833$224,259$103,991$120,26829%
Program Cost$1,703,905$262,891$70,975$191,91615%
Legal & Finance$300,000$66,135$33,067$33,06722%
Capital Expenditure$70,000$11,689$1,833$9,85617%
C/f Donor bal$3,232,558$3,820,178$3,265,650$3,820,178$0$0160%

Complete details can be found here.

Want More Details? 

Find more information on Project Tech4Dev in our Tech4Dev 2.0 Note and Tech4Dev 2.0 Pitch Deck. All our blog posts can be found on Project Tech4Dev’s and Glific’s websites. All project documentation can be found on our shared Google Drive folder.

Highlighting some of our blog posts from last quarter:

And links to our existing work and archives

Reach out to us via email or find more information on our website.

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