Closing the Digital Divide

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Closing the Digital Divide

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Digital technologies have become vital. In times of crisis, from natural disasters to pandemics, digital connectivity is what is keeping people, governments and businesses connected. Yet half of the world’s population is still without internet access, with the vast majority concentrated in developing countries.

"Closing the Digital Divide" brought together global leaders and private sector innovators, including young African entrepreneurs, to discuss new ways to accelerate digital access and create ubiquitous, affordable, and reliable connectivity for all.

To connect the poorest and most vulnerable communities, panelists echoed the need for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as the need for open access and shared networks. Regulation challenges also emerged as a common theme.

We heard a powerful call to action on behalf of women and girls, who are still being left out of the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs in the tech revolution. Panelists emphasized education and training as key to leveling the playing field.

We also heard about successful interventions from tech leaders and entrepreneurs who are working to close the connectivity gap by creating scalable, sustainable platforms -- and jobs.

The virtual event concluded with a special musical tribute to the power of connectivity: an original song by a group of incredible African artists, "Stay Connected."


Stay Connected


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Ramune Petuchovaite

The current health crisis has made the pre-existing global digital exclusion more evident, and require more urgent actions from governments and also development organizations to invest into public access through public libraries and other community based institutions as economical and sustainable solution to provide meaningful access to every community to address critical health, safety, education and economic well-being needs.
Fri, 10/02/2020 - 14:25
Igbrude Moses

The effect of these projects or infrastructures are not felt by the ordinary people most times because of lack of maintenance by those vested with management of those projects. Nigeria in particular, how do you address this issue?
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 13:31
Rubi Gogoi Kagti

This is a time uncertainty and how digital technology has become a part of our life and helping us to strive better
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 13:31
Baba-Gana Mustapha

How can young people particularly students can benefit from this programme
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 13:31
Baba Abubakar

Why rurals areas are often neglected in time of good health facilities?
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 13:32

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