Pathways on the BBC: "Will AI kill development?"

Professor Ndulu argues that developing countries should seize the opportunities presented by tech to boost development.

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The new wave of technology is radically transforming 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 and chart their own new pathways for prosperity that include everyone - wiring nations to be digital, connected, and inclusive. 

With three billion people predicted to be offline still in 2023, and many more failing to reap the internet’s full potential – the time to address digital exclusion is now. The Pathways Commission provides evidence to help developing country governments take control of their own digital pathways. Last year we produced two major reports which received much international attention and response. 

Throughout 2019 - the Commission’s second and final year - we are charting new directions: examining health and education in a digital age; operationalising our analysis and demonstrating that countries can get Digital Ready through piloting national Digital Dialogues; and promoting developing country voices in international governance debates and multilateral forums. 

Discussion, Inclusion, Collective Choices
Reports overlaid
Read the Commission's two major reports

Read the Digital Lives report

Read the Charting Pathways for Inclusive Growth report

Recent activities
Media Coverage
Media highlights
  • Benno Ndulu gave a talk about technological innovation growth in the financial sector, stressing the need to increase citizens' everyday use of the available tools. Read the Independent's article here.
  • Pathways commissioner Kamal Bhattacharya spoke with Business Daily Africa about our new Charting Pathways for Inclusive Growth report.
  • Melinda Gates spoke to CNN about AI, the gig economy, and making tech more inclusive.