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World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

Last updated: 22.01.2016 // The World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends was launched January 14th in Washington DC. “We must take advantage of this rapid technological change to make the world more prosperous and inclusive”, said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group.

The World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends (WDR 2016) is written from a development-economic perspective with emphasis on technology. WDR 2016 highlights several examples on how digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. However, their development benefits have fallen short and are unevenly distributed. Unfortunately it is the wealthy, rich and powerful who have benefited the most from the digital revolution, according to the WDR 2016.

Access to internet is a necessity to make use of the advantages for digital technology. However, increased use of technology is not enough. WDR 2016 argues for making digital technology benefit everyone. It is necessary to close the remaining digital gap, especially in internet access. Furthermore the report argues that countries also need to work on strengthening regulations that ensure competition among businesses, adapting workers’ skills to the demand of the new economy, and ensuring that institutions are accountable. The WDR 2016 can be downloaded from: www.worldbank.org/wdr2016

Please note:

In collaboration with the World Bank, a Norwegian launch of the WDR 2016 will take place in Oslo on 28 January. A team from the World Bank who co-authored the report will present major findings and discuss how different countries can achieve economic and social benefits through digital technology and access to internet. 

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