Pre-SIF Parallel session 1A

From divides to dividends – DDP and SDG17

The benefits of today’s digital technologies have not been evenly distributed as concluded by the World Development Report 2016, on Digital Dividends. Despite the benefits that increased access to internet and digitally enabled information and public services can have on socioeconomic development, more than half of the world’s population has been excluded from the economic opportunities that digital technologies can offer to this transformation. The WDR outlines the importance of raising overall connectivity access and increasing availability of digital services and solutions. The Digital Development Partnership (DDP) was established as a tool to help operationalize the findings of the WDR 2016. The DDP Partnership work towards closing the existing access divides, through strategic partnerships with private sector, governments and development actors, aligned with  sustainable development goal 17 (SDG17). The panel will discuss progress made since the establishment of DDP, challenges and opportunities stemming from increased collaboration between public and private actors and outline some recent trends observed in the industry aiming to make sure that “no one is left behind”.

Panelists:

Caroline Wamala (moderator)  – Project officer, SPIDER

Yasmina Mccarty – Head of Mobile for Development, GSMA

Rene Summer – Director of Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson Group

Helani Galpaya – Chief Executive Officer, LIRNEasia

Jacueline Pateguana – Advisor to the Minister of Transport of Communications, Government of Mozambique

Carlo Maria Rosotto – Lead ICT Specialist at the World Bank

Location: Oasen