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.


Resources:

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

President

Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he subsequently taught. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, international economic relations and development economics.

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Aaron Shull

General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s chief operating officer 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.