PabsyLive: If You Can Read This Headline, You Have Access Others May Lack

PabsyLive: If You Can Read This Headline, You Have Access Others May Lack


Hi. I’m Pabsy Pabalan. I i use my mobile
phone to connect to the internet all the time, but not everyone is connected. Today, I’m going to meet with one of the authors of a World Bank Group report about the internet’s impact on development. Thank you again for joining me today Indhira. The World Development Report’s title is “Digital Dividends.” What does it mean? So “Digital Dividends” is a reference to the main message of the report and it’s an
analogy to finance, where in order to be able to get dividends, you
actually need to make, first, investments. So it’s the same way in digital
development. In order to be able to reap digital dividends, that is the broader
benefits that come from digital technologies, growth, jobs and better
services, investments need to be made in infrastructure, also in the business
environment, skills and institutions. Based on the findings of this report I
heard that there’s good news and the not so good news. Let’s start with the good news. Indeed. So the good news is three-fold. Is that digital technologies can indeed have a large development impact. Because it can create jobs, also because they can foster growth and because also they can improve service delivery. Part of this is because digital technologies actually foster inclusion, they foster efficiency and
innovation as well. And the not so good news? The not so good news is that, this is conditional on making the necessary investments. And we know that many countries have not made those investments. Let me tell you one number. Today, 20% of the population in the world cannot read or write. If you cannot read or you cannot
write, you really cannot use the internet. So what needs to be done so everyone can benefit from the internet? The message of the report is that we need to make this complimentary investments. Obviously, first of all, is to make the investments in infrastructure. So that means, connecting the 60% of the population that today still doesn’t have access to the internet, but also
improving the business environment to make sure that businesses actually have the incentive to invest and use technology. Second, make sure that everybody has the
skills necessary to use the technology and third making sure that institutions
are held accountable so that these technologies empower citizens more than just control citizens. Thanks so much Indhira. Now, because we’re on the internet please invite our viewers to
like and share this video, and of course check your report online. Thank you. So please, if you are interested in continuing this conversation on how to
go from digital divides to digital dividends, do share this video and you can read the full report in the website. Click now.

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