A new report by the World Bank.
Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed. For digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere requires closing the remaining digital divide, especially in internet access. But greater digital adoption will not be enough. To get the most out of the digital revolution, countries also need to work on the “analog complements”—by strengthening regulations that ensure competition among businesses, by adapting workers’ skills to the demands of the new economy, and by ensuring that institutions are accountable.
Download (pdf): Full Report
Main Messages: English
Part 1: Facts and analysis
Spotlight 1: How the internet promotes development
Part 2: Policies
World Development Report 2016 is available also as an app – visit http://apps.worldbank.org/
- Learn about the impact of digital technology on economic development across the world.
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