Rapid innovations in digital technology have the potential to profoundly affect the lives of billions of people, through better access to digital devices and the Internet. Increased connectivity is sparking new opportunities for inclusion, efficiency, and innovation, but the broader benefits of the digital revolution may still be on the horizon.

The World Bank’s 2016 World Development Report: Digital Dividends, explores how development actors can harness digital technologies to improve the lives of the world’s poorest. Uwe Deichmann, co-director, World Development Report 2016, will outline the report’s findings, followed by presentations from individuals and organizations successfully leveraging digital technology for development. 

Please join the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the International Development Research Centre, and Global Affairs Canada for a panel event to mark the Waterloo launch of the 2016 World Development Report.

Panelists Include:

  • Uwe Deichmann, WDR 2016 Co-Director
  • Mart Kivine, Senior Program Officer, World Bank Group
  • Aaron Shull, Chief of Staff, CIGI
  • Dan Herman, Executive Director, Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP) Centre Inc., and BSIA PhD

Opening remarks will be provided by CIGI President Rohinton Medhora.

A light lunch will be provided as part of this event, beginning at 11:30am.


Video: From Digital Divide to Digital Dividends

World Development Report 2016: Main Messages

World Development Report 2016: Overview

World Development Report 2016: Full Report


Event Speakers

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Rohinton P. Medhora


Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. He served on CIGI's former International Board of Governors from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre.

Dan Herman

Executive Director, Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP) Centre Inc., and BSIA PhD

Dan Herman is the co-founder of the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre), a non-partisan thinktank focused on the Canadian economy.

Uwe Deichmann

WDR 2016 Co-Director

Uwe Deichmann is an economic geographer in the World Bank’s Development Research Group.

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Aaron Shull

Managing Director and General Counsel

A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.

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