ICT & Development: how digital solutions can empower local communities

Breakfast Debate


The potential of digital inclusion in developing countries is tremendous. For example, in Africa, Internet users are estimated at 280 million in 2016, whilst they still represent only 25% of the whole African population. Looking ahead to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, digitalisation has its role to play in enabling the empowerment of local communities.

A wide range of digital solutions are already being developed from m-agriculture to e-health or education. However, there is a crucial need to ‘scale-up’ the current initiatives by building solid bridges between the private sector, governments, international organisations and civil society.

This event will be built on concrete examples of digital solutions and how the stakeholders involved can better partner to push forward current and future policy initiatives.

programme - 06/12/2017

Welcome and introduction:

Julie Ward MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member


Thomas Chalumeau, Africa & Middle-East Chief Strategy & Development Officer and Executive committee Member, Orange

Stephen Wyber, Manager, Policy and Advocacy, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Laszlo Gyalog, Digital Home Evangelist, Nokia

Erik Childerhouse, Principal Consultant at Avanti Communications Group

Lars-Erik Forsberg, Deputy Head of Unit 'Policy Outreach & International Affairs', DG CNECT, European Commission

Exchange of views with participants

(under the Chatham House rule)

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