Pathways to reimagining the future

Getting digital ready 

The Pathways Commission officially launched in January 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. It's been an exciting year with lots of listening, learning, engaging and thinking about how to support developing countries to become digital ready. We have worked with some of the world's leading experts, policy makers and thinkers, as well as engaged with ordinary people to understand their digital lives now and in the future. 

In 2018 we ran numerous workshops and events, participated in international conferences and meetings as far afield as San Francisco to Bali, published a series of background papers, wrote op eds and articles with innovative thinkers from around the world, and produced original short films to share global digital voices made by journalists in developing countries. We polled 100,000 young people about their thoughts on the future of work with U-Reporters globally. 

In October we published two major reports: Charting Pathwaysand Digital Lives, which received extensive international media coverage. We closed year one with a youthful policy hackathon that is already delivering impact with young policy makers taking ideas back to their governments and thinking through new ways to solve issues like accountability using a people centred design approach.

In 2019, the Commission’s last year, we are re-imagining the future - one where everyone benefits from technology. We looking at some of the world’s most intractable problems: Health, Education and governance, to see how people centred solutions can be supported with technology. We're excited to build on our practical solutions and strategic thinking with governments finding their own paths to more inclusive Digital Futures. 

Watch our video to find out more about our journey and how you can help chart your country's pathway.