The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’: Potential and Risks for Africa – SAIIA

Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, argues that the single most important challenge facing humanity today is how to understand and shape the new technology revolution. What exactly is this revolution, and why does it matter, especially for Africa? The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ captures the idea of the confluence of new technologies …

The Emerging Risks of Our Digital Future – Part III

Want to know what keeps me up at night? I will answer this in a bit. Digital dividends are the returns on investments in digital technologies, in the form of growth, jobs and services that empower and support businesses, people and governments. The World Bank’s 2016 flagship World Development Report entitled “Digital Dividends” revealed that …

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 …

International Women’s Day: Women in a Changing World of Work

  International Women’s Day. Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith To mark International Women’s Day, the UN is putting a spotlight on women in the changing world of work. The occasion calls on governments around the world to work toward gender equality …

Learn the Top 10 Remarkable Frontier #Tech4Dev

Photo credit: Freepik.com Frontier technologies have the potential to rapidly address large-scale challenges and transform our global economy and digital business models. Under UK’s Frontier Technologies Livestreaming Initiative, the Institute of Development Studies led by Ben Ramalingam reviewed and handpicked the top frontier technologies for international development in five different domains. The ten frontier technologies for …

Global Digital Divide & Solutions in 6 Graphics

Photo credit: Onlyyouqj – Freepik.com   113 million people will join the ranks of the world’s 3.6 billion internet users by 2020, according to a new report by the United Nations’ telecom agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).   The largest portion will come from Latin America, followed by emerging countries in the Asia-Pacific, notably China, …

New Report Highlights Opportunities and Challenges of Telework

Photo credit: Katemangostar – Freepik.com   New ILO-Eurofound report shows that the use of modern communication technologies facilitates a better overall work-life balance but, at the same time, also blurs the boundaries between work and personal life.   GENEVA / BRUSSELS (ILO News) – The expanding use of digital technologies such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and …

Making Technology Work for All?

Photo Credit: Kai-Hsin Hung   Your job (or your next job), workplace, and the wider labour market are undergoing incredible change. Once we factor in the potential impacts of disruptive technologies, there are many uncertainties about the future trajectories of labour markets around the world. Techno-pessimists believe automation puts jobs at risk. And their so-called …

The Last Job on Earth

Machines could take 50% of our jobs in the upcoming 30 years according to some scientists. Can we imagine a world without work? The Guardian launched Alice, holder of the last recognizable job on Earth, trying to make sense of her role in an automated world. Have a look at this video: Read also the …