Digitalisation and the Future of Manufacturing in Africa

Karishma Banga and Dirk Willem te Velde, March 2018 DOWNLOAD REPORT DOWNLOAD BRIEF   The growing digitalisation of economies and the associated rapid spread of advanced technologies like 3D printers, robots and cloud computing, is having a significant impact on manufacturing production globally. While the digital divide between developed and developing countries (particularly those in …

Podcast: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Future of Work – WEF

This is episode 7 in a 10-part podcast series that will introduce listeners to the thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are already spotting the risks ahead, and seeking to guide humanity towards the land of ease and plenty that some believe is now within reach. Episode 7 – Work in the 4IR As advances in …

“The Future of Learning and Technology in Deprived Contexts”: A Report for Save the Children International

It was an enormous privilege to work with David Hollow, Meghan Brugha and Mark Weber last year on a report for Save the Children International about the future of learning and technology in deprived contexts.  I am delighted that this has now been published in a slightly abridged version (available online here), and this post provides …

AI for the Future of Work We Want @ AI on a Social Mission Conference

Last week, at the inaugural conference of AI on a Social Mission, organized by Alliance Impact Intelligence Artificielle (AIIA), in Montreal, Canada, I shared my views on the policies and legal implications of artificial intelligence on the world of work. Panel discussion on “Our Laws and Our AI” at the AI on a Social Mission …

Blockchain: Unpacking the Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology for Human Development – IDRC

In the scramble to harness new technologies to propel innovation around the world, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and blockchain technologies are being explored and deployed in a wide variety of contexts globally. Although blockchain is one of the most hyped of these new technologies, it is also perhaps the least understood. Blockchain is the …

Digital Opportunities for Europe – Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Conference

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is accelerating the digital transformation of Europe. In order for the European digital single market to become a reality, we need to improve the digital skills of European youth and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) According to the European Commission, the creation of the EU’s digital single market  will contribute …

How Can We Fully Benefit from Digital Technologies? – The World Bank

Scaling learning and making it available anywhere, anytime is one of the “dividends” of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) revolution. The new course, “Digital Dividends: Strengthening the Analog Foundation of the Digital Revolution,” aims for a broader goal: how you, your family, your business, your city, and your country could benefit from the Internet …

Join the Fifth #Dialogue on Exploring Ways Forward: Building Workforce Resiliency

The introduction of new technologies has disrupted and transformed job markets for centuries, most notably during the Industrial Revolution. As we prepare for the next Industrial Revolution, the International Training Centre of the ILO, the training arm of the ILO, is delighted to welcome you to our Technology@Work Dialogue Series over the next five weeks …

Join Online in the Technology@Work Dialogue Series #2: Technology in the 21st Century

The introduction of new technologies has disrupted and transformed job markets for centuries, most notably during the Industrial Revolution. As we prepare for the next Industrial Revolution, the International Training Centre of the ILO, the training arm of the ILO, is delighted to welcome you to our Technology@Work Dialogue Series over the next five weeks …

Shaping the Future of Work in a Digital World – Why Should Development Organisations Care? – IDS

On 13th March, IDS together with the Web Foundation and Nesta, hosted the inaugural Digital Development Summit, with the support of DFID and the DFID-ESRC Impact Initiative.This blog post was the first in a series that was published by organisers and participants over several weeks. Here IDS’s Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingam explain why the future …