A few months ago I attended the 12th annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty, a meeting that brought together around 50-60 policy and technical experts from government, academia, business, investors and NGOs. This year’s event was focused on the impact of digital technologies on economic development in emerging and developing countries. It was organized around six different sessions, each of which explored the links between technology and development through a different lens.
Prior to the event, the Brookings Institution commissioned a policy brief for each session to help set the stage for the ensuing discussions. I wrote one of the briefs, - Will the Digital Revolution Deliver for the World’s Poor. I would now like to discuss another brief which I found quite interesting, - Will the Spread of Digital Technologies Spell the End of the Knowledge Divide?, by Deepak Mishra, lead economist at the World Bank. Dr. Mishra is also co-director of the World Development Report 2016: Internet for Development, which will shortly be released by the World Bank.