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

Overview: Powering an inclusive digital future

Digital transformation is taking place around the world at different speeds, in countries with vastly different levels of resources, regulation and public engagement. This overview, enriched by evidence and insights from across the report, highlights that digital realities in developing countries require bespoke responses. Gathering evidence from countries at different stages of digital transformation, this chapter presents success factors for building inclusive digital ecosystems. It calls for global co-operation to tackle universal risks and lays out a development co-operation framework to power an inclusive digital future.

English Also available in: French

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