Build an Inclusive Digital Future

In 3 steps

The Digital Economy Kit provides a three-step national process for developing countries to build a robust digital future for everyone – including for people already marginalised like women and unemployed youth.

The kit helps countries think about the right questions and processes for their unique contexts, and puts them in the driving seat of their own digital futures

An inclusive digital future in 3 steps 1 2 3 Assess: how ready is your economy for the digital age Talk: run a series of inclusive national digital dialogues Strategize: develop a national digital strategy that works for everyone.
An inclusive digital future in 3 steps 1 2 3 Assess: how ready is your economy for the digital age Talk: run a series of inclusive national digital dialogues Strategize: develop a national digital strategy that works for everyone.
Step 1
Assess how ready your economy is for the digital age

The kit outlines the technical concepts to help assess an economies readiness for the digital age. Here you can find international data sources to use as benchmarks, and ideas for national data and analyses that can inform a complete economic assessment.

Step 2
Talk – hold a series of inclusive national digital dialogues

The kit helps to think about who needs to be a part of the conversation, and how to hold multi-stakeholder and inclusive national digital dialogues.

Thinking about how your country can harness the potential of digital technologies, and identify both negative and positive disruption needs an inclusive process.

A diverse group of experts is needed to build consensus around a future digital economic strategy and set an agenda for change. This includes business, technology, civil society and experts from across government to discuss the objectives for a new holistic digital strategy. The dialogues need to include groups who are not traditionally involved in such discussions. This is invaluable for developing an inclusive digital economy strategy.

 

Step 3
Strategize - develop a national digital ‘strategy primer’ that works for everyone.

Developing a national strategy is a complex task. We suggest starting with a strategy primer a series of guidance notes to support decision-makers. Step three of the Kit provides a template to help countries deliver this.

Countries can adapt the template to reflect priorities that emerged from your own inclusive national dialogues. This strategy primer will provide a technically credible basis for a fuller national dialogue, and would identify where further consultation, analysis and political judgement are required to turn ideas into action.

The kit has been piloted in countries as diverse economies: as Mongolia, South Africa and Ethiopia. The country context findings have helped to evolve and develop the Kit into the current prototype. This means the kit is grounded in reality and recognises the complexity governments operate in.

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