Digital Platforms

Digital platforms provide a wide range of services in new and innovative ways – they must be sustainable over the long term and should work to reduce inequalities and improve access for everyone.

Digital technology is transforming not only the industrialized world but rapidly affecting the developing world as well. The greatly reduced cost of internet-capable devices such as smart phones are making new business models and services in the developing world possible on a large scale. Based on these developments, digital platforms provide a wide range of services in new and innovative ways. Patterned after successful digital platforms in the consumer world (e.g. Facebook, ebay, etc.) firms have created many new platforms for industry. Now different organizations have also developed digital platforms for education, health care, agriculture, and other fields. Such models and services, however, must also be sustainable over the long term and should work to reduce inequalities and improve access for users around the world. 



Development in the Age of Digital Platforms

In a joint conference, the Münchner Kreis, the World Bank and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) want to bring together leading academics, policy makers, development practitioners, and industry representatives on the topic of digital platforms. These experts discuss how development projects can influence, use, and support digital platforms in the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference focuses particularly on Africa but also includes examples from other developing countries. The main goals of the conference are to promote dialogue and knowledge sharing about platforms and to generate recommendations for a policy paper on designing and implementing platforms in a sustainable, equitable way.

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