Event: Digital Development Summit 2017

Picture: Lenore Edman/Flickr under license CC BY 2.0

Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre, London, UK.


13/03/2017 - 08:30 to 17:30

The Institute of Development Studies in collaboration with the World Wide Web Foundation and Nesta, and with the support of the  UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and The Impact Initiative, is hosting the inaugural Digital Development Summit 2017.

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.  

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.

Participants will:

  • 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.

Speakers include:

Read the Digital Development Summit 2017 Agenda

Read the Digital Development Summit 2017: Background paper.

Watch the opening session and keynote address and the final sessions below:

Digital Development Summit 2017: Opening and Key Note Address

Watch the opening session and keynote address (9.00 to 10.45)

Digital Development Summit 2017: Final Session

Watch the final session (15.45 to 16.45)

 Online dialogues

We would greatly value your contribution to our online dialogues. To join the debate, please take a look at any of the blogs below, written by participants and organisers in the weeks leading up to, and after, the Summit, and post a related comment.

You can also follow the discussion on Twitter #DigiDevSummit and view the highlights in a Storify: Digital Development Summit 2017.


Lessons from the Digital Development Summit 2017