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?
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.
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Making the digital revolution work better, faster for development
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