MAKING THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION WORK BETTER, FASTER FOR DEVELOPMENT

07 November 2017 - 13:00 - 14:30
Dana Schurmans, Jüri Seilenthal, G Subramanian
Introduction

The digital revolution is transforming the world. Digitisation is already impacting strongly on the global development agenda and could become an even more powerful force for change and growth in the coming years. Access to digital technologies and the Internet is empowering the world’s poor and disadvantaged people, creating jobs, allowing more women to participate in the labour market, allowing the quick and efficient transfer of money, and providing millions of people with access to health and educational facilities. Meanwhile, other technological developments such as drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are also becoming tools for development activities in areas such as conservation, health, transportation, data collection, and humanitarian work in developing countries, especially in the aftermath of natural disasters.

  • What is being done to connect the unconnected and to bridge the continued ‘digital divide’ between developed and developing countries - and within developing countries - in order to tap into the full potential of digitisation?
  • How do digital technologies promote development and generate digital dividends such as inclusiveness and access to information, promoting innovation and boosting efficiency?
  • To what extent are drones really a game-changer technology in diverse sectors including agriculture, health, environmental protection and education?
  • What more can be done to ensure that women harness the full potential of the digital revolution?
  • How can new technologies be used to promote peace, justice and good governance?
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The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors
Topics

Our work on international development issues is led by the Development Policy Forum (DPF), which was set up by Friends of Europe in partnership with development actors such as Germany’s Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), France’s Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank.

Programme
12.30 - 13.00

Welcome and registration of participants

13.00 - 14.30

Making the digital revolution work better, faster for development

14.30

End of debate

Moderators
Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for the Asia Programme and for the Development Policy Forum. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian issues at the European Policy Centre. She is closely involved with initiatives to promote Asia-Europe exchanges including within the context of ASEM (Asia Europe Meetings). As a journalist, Shada also worked extensively on development questions including relations between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states as well as on world trade, including the Doha Round. Shada continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications.
Speakers
Dana Schurmans
Digital Inclusion Expert at the ACP Young Professionals Network
Dana is a researcher at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and a leading expert on digital inclusion. In her current position at the African Caribbean and Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN), which brings together young professionals and diaspora from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific to foster exchange and dialogue for positive international relations, she works to ensure that digital technologies realise their potential for social inclusion and has influenced EU policies to better face the challenges of digitalisation. She is also exploring the impact of digital inequalities, especially among younger generation, and works to create new narratives to build a new, multi-voiced reality of inclusive digital societies, through a joint PhD at UCL and at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
Jüri Seilenthal
Director-General for Foreign Economic Policy and Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Jüri is in charge of the development and humanitarian work of the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, which aims to promote horizontally and more systematically the role of digitalisation as an enabler for development in the EU’s development policy. He has served as Director-General for Foreign Economic Policy and Development Cooperation since 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience at the Estonian Foreign Ministry, having previously been the permanent representative of Estonia to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva.
G Subramanian
Principal Innovation Evangelist at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Subbu leads efforts to bring Tata Consultancy Services’ research and innovation to customers. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is one of the world’s largest IT company and has been recognised by Fortune as one of the top companies changing the world, applying its technical and digital expertise to develop solutions that help communities around the world. Passionate about the impact of technology on business and culture, Subbu has led various projects including re-imagining business models, customer segments, services, and workplace practices - all driven by the continuing advancement of digital technologies.
Partners

Development Policy Forum:

FoE  AFD   GIZ   JICA   World Bank    UN 

 

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Moderator
Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for the Asia Programme and for the Development Policy Forum. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian issues at the European Policy Centre. She is closely involved with initiatives to promote Asia-Europe exchanges including within the context of ASEM (Asia Europe Meetings). As a journalist, Shada also worked extensively on development questions including relations between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states as well as on world trade, including the Doha Round. Shada continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications.