Newsletter Issue No.2 2021

The Broadband Facts and Figures Campaign pulls data from the ITU 2020 Facts and Figures Report to provide a baseline of knowledge about the status of Connectivity globally. Touching on various topics like the rural/urban divide, youth and ICT, the gender digital divide, and the effects of the pandemic on connectivity bandwidth, the campaign will engage stakeholders across demographics and knowledge levels.

Giga engaged with key stakeholders across 10 countries, holding virtual workshops to gather critical data and insights and better understand existing initiatives and policies related to broadband connectivity; after further desk reviews to fill in gaps and validate data, we are proud to share our co-created sets of recommended priorities for each country.
Contact the Giga team to request for the full opportunity brief.

Despite the fact that women make up over half the world’s population, they have very low representation in the investment of the world’s assets. According to Morgan Stanley, this disparity currently constitutes a multi-trillion dollar missed opportunity globally. The Boston Consulting Group notes that gender-diverse businesses have 53% higher ROE, 19% higher Innovation Revenue and 6% higher net profit. Improving diversity in the tech sector represents a massive economic and financial opportunity. 

The GEIT Working Committee (Gender Equitable Investment in Tech) was formed to attack this problem of inadequate and gross disproportionate funding for women in tech. Through a portfolio of programs, GEIT influences three forms of intervention: influencing policy changes, awareness building and active intervention programs. 

Check out the findings and resources on the new GEIT website here

The central purpose of this Report is to provide recommendations to governments in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic about how to use digital technologies to deliver better quality and more resilient education systems that enable everyone to have access to equitable learning opportunities. The pandemic has shown the huge potential of digital technologies, both hardware (including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, mobile phones, radios and TVs) and software (including applications, learning management systems, administrative systems, networks, platforms, content and data analytics) to be used to support the delivery of better and more extensive education and learning. However, it has also served as a stark reminder that all technologies can be used to create both positive and negative impacts, and that one of the main effects of COVID-19 has been to increase educational inequalities at all scales. 

The UNESCO Chair in ICT for Development, with support from the EdTech Hub, developed this report and associated Guidance Notes in 2020 building on a series of regional and sectoral consultations with education experts. 

Read the report here

“2020 marks a dramatically different childhood experience that these young people will remember for the rest of their lives, and a different teaching experience where teachers have had to rapidly adapt, be creative, and shift roles.

This different education service, over many months, has the potential of having a huge negative impact on students’ skills and economic prospects for the rest of their lives. The World Bank has, from the very start of the pandemic, been working with countries to support them in addressing this crisis”

Read the article here to learn more about how the pandemic has created an education crisis, and how the World Bank proposes addressing it and laying the groundwork for a post-COVID world.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is driving Sub-Saharan Africa into its first recession in 25 years — putting decades of economic progress at risk. An inclusive, cohesive and sustainable recovery will depend on how effective governments and private sector partners are at addressing four key priorities:

Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
Addressing macroeconomic vulnerabilities
Harnessing the digital transformation
Ensuring a just transition to zero emissions

Given the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 crisis, Africa faces a difficult and unpredictable road to recovery, and there will continue to be a wide range of policy challenges to address. However, by prioritizing these four actions, governments and businesses can come together to ensure an inclusive, cohesive and sustainable recovery that benefits Africa and the world.”

Read the full article here 

The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development 12-15 April 2021 

The 2021 ECOSOC FfD Forum will provide an inclusive platform to advance an action-oriented dialogue on the solutions on financing the COVID-19 recovery and sustainable development on the path to 2030. It will be geared to build momentum for urgent global action to tackle challenges to the achievement of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda across all its seven action areas in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

The event will bring together heads of State and Government, ministers and high-level government officials as well as senior officials of international organizations. Civil society organizations, the business sector and local authorities will also be represented.

2021 SDG Investment Fair 13 – 14 April 2021

Private investment in areas critical for implementation of the SDGs has to date been vastly insufficient. The situation has worsened due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in a drop of almost 50 per cent in foreign direct investment in the first half of 2020. 

Identifying solutions to scale up private investment in a challenging global context will be critical. The SDG Investment Fair was established to support direct informal interaction among representatives of governments of developing countries, the private sector and financial intermediaries with a view of accelerating the mobilization of investment for the SDGs. 

The 2021 Fair will feature: 
– Direct interaction between countries and investors 
– Discussion of critical policies and regulations that shape an attractive environment for SDG investment; 
– Representatives of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance discussing its work and deliverables. 

HLPF 2021 6-15 July 2021

The theme of this year’s HLPF is:
Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”

The HLPF in 2021 will discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 12 on responsible consumption and production, 13 on climate action, 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17 on partnerships in depth. The Forum will also consider the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

WTDC-21 8-19 November 2021 

WTDC-21 will be a landmark digital development conference and a unique opportunity for the global community to develop innovative approaches and forge new models of collaboration to overcome digital development challenges and accelerate connectivity and digital solutions in the final Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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