With the Estonian Presidency pushing digitisation up on the EU’s agenda, the Development Policy Forum led by Friends of Europe is bringing together key development actors and tech experts to discuss how the digital revolution is impacting international development. The event will address how digitisation could become an even more powerful force for change and growth in the coming years, and how access to new technologies and the Internet is empowering the world’s poor and disadvantaged people, creating ‘digital dividends’ for developing countries.
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This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of crucial development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank to contribute to the global and European conversation on development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.
12.30 - 13.00
Welcome and registration of participants
13.00 - 14.30
Making the digital revolution work better, faster for development
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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