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Halfway and Hopeful

Digital Inclusion and the 2030 Development Goals

Two older adults laugh as one listens to a smartphone with headphones on and the other looks at a computer tablet.
June 21, 2023

Halfway to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the UNDP’s 2022 Annual Report frames the global climate as “hard to hope.” For people experiencing poverty, gender discrimination, and disability, widening gaps threaten their ability to make real progress. Digital inclusion strategies have the opportunity to unlock the potential of 2.7 billion people affected by the digital divide and make real change for these populations. By pursuing digital equity, the world has the opportunity to provide access, power, and systemic change for and with the people that could most benefit. 

On 21 June 2023, the Digital Equity Accelerator hosted a conversation exploring: 

  • Why digitalization is a necessary public good and can accelerate progress for key populations such as women and girls, migrants, and youth 
  • What progress has been made – and what must be done – to increase the momentum of digital inclusion around the world 
  • How targeted, intersectional approaches can accelerate progress on multiple goals simultaneously 

The Digital Equity Accelerator, an initiative of Aspen Digital in collaboration with HP Inc., fuels social innovation by investing in local NGOs working to address social and economic injustices that are exacerbated by unequal technology access and use around the world.

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