Date: Mar 18, 2021
Africa: Towards a digital, sustainable, equal society

This discussion will take place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. IST.

Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis. If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email and a link through which you can join the webinar.

The African continent poses significant development opportunities and challenges alike. Several countries had been growing rapidly in the past decade, but will now have to grapple with the fallout of the pandemic that has halted the growth process in the same manner as most countries around the world. While the economic shocks and job losses will have to be accounted for, numerous avenues for inclusive growth and prosperity can be strengthened in order for the continent to tap into the potential that its vast topography and demographic dividend holds.

This webinar will discuss the progress various countries have made towards a digital, sustainable, and equitable future for the continent. Policy interventions can be made to ensure protected and equitable access to the digital market. Digital technologies and inclusion can be used in order to close significant skills gap. The “low-tech” approach, which uses simple feature phones, can be scaled and used for growing sectors like ed-tech. Creation of more digital content and ‘edutainment’ by women highlighting social justice concerns is explored, while changes in media regulatory frameworks and ownership could cause friction. The webinar will also touch upon embedding environment and sustainability principles into socio-economic development goals.

This event is being organised by the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED).


3:00 – 3:05 p.m. | Welcome note by Chair | Navdeep Suri

3:05 – 3:10 p.m. | Special address | Amararam Gurjar

3:10 – 4:00 p.m. | Panel discussion | Sheena Magenya, Jiska de Groot, Moitshepi Matsheng, Grace Mutungu, Lobna Khairy, Abhishek Mishra, and Sunaina Kumar (Moderator)

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. | Open discussion and Q&A