Session 2F: Bridging the Divide: Empowering Inclusive Growth and Tackling Digital Inequality [SDGs: 10 – Reduced Inequalities]

July 10, 2024

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This panel seeks to address the critical issue of digital inequality and its implications for inclusive growth in the contemporary global landscape. With the digital divide posing a significant barrier to economic and social development, this session aims to explore comprehensive strategies for mitigating this divide and fostering equitable access to digital technologies. The discussion will convene a diverse group of scholars, policy makers, and practitioners to examine the multifaceted dimensions of digital inequality, including access to the internet, digital literacy, and the availability of technological resources. The panel will delve into the role of public policy in creating a conducive environment for inclusive digital growth, analyzing successful case studies and identifying best practices for reducing disparities. Key topics will include the development of infrastructure to support widespread digital access, educational initiatives to enhance digital literacy, and the creation of inclusive technology policies that consider the needs of marginalized communities. Furthermore, the session will explore the implications of digital inequality for economic development, particularly in how it affects employment, innovation, and competitiveness. Panelists will discuss the need for collaborative efforts between governments, private sector, and civil society to ensure that the benefits of digitalization are equitably distributed.