The new wave of technology is radically transforming people’s lives and livelihoods. But, will the digital age benefit the world's poorest people? Developing countries have a chance to harness the new wave of frontier technologies now and chart their own new pathways for prosperity. Wiring nations to be digital, connected, and inclusive.
With three billion people predicted to be offline still in 2023, with many more failing to reap the internet’s full potential – the time to address digital exclusion is now.
The Pathways Commission provides hard evidence to help developing country governments navigate their digital pathways - enabling them to take control and chart their own pathways for prosperity.
Digital technologies are rapidly revolutionising people’s lives, but the change is dependent on effective use of this technology - as much as it is about access - to ensure men and women living in poverty and people who are marginalised are not left further behind.
Digital Lives, Digital Voices: series of vignettes from around the world.
Listen to Melinda Gates speak about the Pathways Commission to the the Financial Times
Read the article by H.E Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance in Indonesia, and Commission Co-Chair in the Financial Times (paywall).
Listen to Professor Benno Ndulu, Pathways Academic Director on the BBC's Business Matters.
Read Strive Masiya, Co-Chair of the commission's op ed on CNBC Africa
Read the op ed by Pathways Commissioner Kamal Bhattacharya in The Nation: Get ready with tech and local visionaries.
Read the article by John Thornhill in the Financial Times: Tech wave can boost equity and prosperity.
Article by Catherine Cheney on Devex: New ways for developing countries to capitalize on rapid technological change
Digital Lives, Digital Voices forum in Bali
In October the Commission held a forum entitled: Digital Lives, Digital Voices. This session reflected on the ways in which people living in poverty and marginalised men and women are digitally excluded, and the steps needed to address these growing gaps.