Digital Development Summit 2017
Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre, London
How can we ensure decent work for all in a rapidly digitising world?
According to a special report in The Economist last year, 47 per cent of jobs in the US, 35 per cent in the UK, and 49 per cent in Japan could be automated in the near future. A UNCTAD report noted that the equivalent figure for developing countries could be as high as two-thirds. Meanwhile, trends such as algorithmic decision making are upending industries such as media, banking and insurance. Against this backdrop, how can we harness new technologies for shared prosperity, and ensure decent work for all in future?
Join us as we tackle this question at the inaugural Digital Development Summit and explore the future of work in a digital world. The Summit will provide a unique opportunity to explore new and emerging digital developments, build a shared understanding of challenges and opportunities, and move towards a collective agenda for ensuring the future of work is inclusive, sustainable and leaves no one behind.
The Institute of Development Studies in collaboration with the World Wide Web Foundation and Nesta with the support of the UK Department for International Development and the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative.
Who is the Summit for?
Leaders, policy makers, practitioners and experts in digital technology, international development and business from all regions of the world are invited to attend the Summit.
- Anne Jellema (World Wide Web Foundation)
- Sango Patekile Holomisa (Deputy Minister of Labour, South Africa)
- Maggie Boden (University of Sussex)
- Mamadou Biteye (Rockefeller Foundation)
- Mark Graham (Oxford Internet Institute, ESRC-DFID grant holder)
- Anna Byhovskaya (TUAC-OECD)
- Kojo Boakye (Facebook)
- Geoff Mulgan (Nesta)
- Gina Porter (University of Durham, ESRC-DFID grant holder)
- Ben Ramalingam (Institute of Development Studies)
- Duncan Green (Oxfam)
- Explore the current and future impacts of accelerating digital innovations on different parts of the global workforce, with a special focus on women and marginalised groups, and drawing on research supported by the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research
- Better understand the systemic interactions between technology and employment, and how these might generate different scenarios and outcomes for different sectors, workers and social groups
- Explore different approaches for ensuring decent work for all in the face of accelerating digital innovation through institutional, policy and skills-based improvements and transformations
- Identify priorities for future policy and practice including stakeholder-specific agendas for action
How to participate:
Due to limited space this is an invitation only event. More information about the event will be made available on the IDS website over the next few weeks including a Summit Report. However, you can watch the keynote addresses livestreamed, and read our series of pre-event dialogues on which we welcome input from a wide range of perspectives.
Online pre-event dialogues
We would greatly value your contribution to our online dialogues. To join the debate, please take a look at any of the blogs, written by participants and organisers in the weeks leading up to the Summit, and post a related comment.
- Shaping the future of work in a digital world – why should development organisations care? (Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingham, 17 February)
- Planning for the future is vital - but 'Uber-isation' is happening now (Abigail Hunt, 23 February)
- 3 'analogue' factors that affect the future of tech and work for women (Nanjira Sambuli, 2 March)
- Digital divides in informal work (Jonathan Casey, 7 March)
- Towards a just transition to inclusive digitalisation (Anna Byhovskaya, 9 March)
Watch the final session (15:45 to 16:45)