Development Co-operation Report 2021

Shaping a Just Digital Transformation

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Digital transformation is revolutionising economies and societies with rapid technological advances in AI, robotics and the Internet of Things. Low- and middle-income countries are struggling to gain a foothold in the global digital economy in the face of limited digital capacity, skills, and fragmented global and regional rules. Political stability, democracy, human rights and equality also risk being undermined by weak governance and the abuse of digital technology.

The 2021 edition of the Development Co-operation Report makes the case for choosing to hardwire inclusion into digital technology processes, and emerging norms and standards. Providing the latest evidence and policy analysis from experts in national governments, international organisations, academia, business and civil society, the report equips international development organisations with the latest guidance and good practices that put people and the sustainable development goals at the centre of digital transformation.

English Also available in: French


The annual Development Co-operation Report brings new evidence, analysis and ideas on sustainable development to members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the international community more broadly. The objectives are to promote best practices and innovation in development co‑operation, and to inform and shape policy and behaviour to realise the Sustainable Development Goals and better lives for all. Each year, the report analyses a policy issue that is timely, relevant or challenging for development co-operation and finance. It also includes annual data covering at-a-glance over 90 providers of development co-operation, including members of the OECD DAC, other countries and philanthropic foundations.

English Also available in: French

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