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World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends. Cape Town Launch

Apr 12 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 77 | Comments: 0

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends (WDR 2016) is a World Bank annual flagship report. Although the topic of the Report is technology, it is looked upon through the lens of development economics. The Report documents many compelling examples where the internet, mobile phones and other digital technologies have delivered digital dividends by boosting growth, expanding opportunities and improving services. But it also finds that the broader benefits have fallen short and have gone disproportionately to the wealthy, skilled and powerful — those best equipped to take advantage of the digital revolution.


The official launch of WDR 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, launched 12 February 2016, was part of a series of regional and country-level dissemination activities following the global launch in Washington DC on January 14, 2016. A presentation by the World Bank team that authored WDR 2016 provided an overview of the Report’s main findings and discussed how countries can gain greater economic and social benefits from digital technologies and access to the internet.


Following a presentation of the report by the World Bank team (Indhira Santos and Tim Kelly), there was a panel discussion and Q&A. Panelists included Alison Gillwald, Steve Vosloo and Marlon Parker.

Providing internet access is the precondition for bringing the benefits of digital technologies to everyone and everywhere. But greater digital adoption will not be enough. The WDR 2016 argues that to get the most out of the digital revolution, countries also need to work on the “analog complements” — by strengthening regulations that ensure competition among businesses, by adapting workers’ skills to the demands of the new economy, and by ensuring that institutions are accountable.

To download the report, please visit: www.worldbank.org/wdr2016


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