Digitalisation in Times of COVID-19: Identifying Challenges and Finding Solutions through Triangular Partnerships
In the past year, the regulatory measures imposed across the globe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic require flexibility and adaptability. The pandemic sped up the transition to the digitisation era, and simultaneously exposed a digital gap and new forms of social inequality. Digitisation provides a growing set of tools supporting governments and non-state actors in their response to the direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19. In this context, triangular partnerships may help partners to better identify development challenges and create innovative solutions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of the 2021 virtual GPI Meeting we hosted on 15 September 2021 an online GPI Marketplace on digital transformation. The Marketplace events aim to create opportunities for interaction and matchmaking among GPI members and partners.
This Marketplace brought together more than 50 participants from all regions of the world.
The discussions happened in simultaneous breakout groups, around four specific thematic groups (navigate the tabs below for more details):
- Institutional and legal frameworks for mass digital use in countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA)
- Global capacity building on digital agriculture for sustainable agriculture and food systems transformations
- National deployment of learning management systems
- Digital transformation enabling effective development co-operation: Experience of the Knowledge Hub for South-South Cooperation
The GPI, as a hub for triangular co-operation, stands ready to provide assistance as a sounding board of the ideas and connections that emerge from this exercise.
- • The West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) was created in 1994 to build a harmonised and integrated economic space in West Africa, endowed with a free movement of people, capital, goods, services and factors of production. The eight member countries of UEMOA are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. UEMOA covers an area of 3.5 million km2 and has a population of over 120 million.
- • UEMOA policy in telecommunications aims to broaden population access to high-quality telecommunications and information and communications technology (ICT) services at affordable costs. These objectives can only be achieved within the framework of an integrated telecommunications space.
- • Faced with these new challenges, the UEMOA Commission commissioned a study to assess the capacity of the regional network to transport the traffic (current and future) generated by the populations of its member states to propose means of securing this network and promoting digitalisation.
- • Week supply and low use rate of digital public services, despite the good presence of digital government bodies
Related references and similar projects from South-South Galaxy:
- • Capacity-building and ICT Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks Support for the Pacific Island States
- • Accelerating Digital Transformation in All Ministries in Bangladesh
- • Digitalising Population and Housing Censuses
- • Pan-African e-Network Project
- • ICT Knowledge Transfer for Iraq’s 2020 Census
- • Digital Centres
- • International Workshops on Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards
- • Fake News Monitoring to Protect People
- • Digitalisation of Transport Observatory for IsDB Member Countries in the Maghreb Region
- • Mr Riad Ragueb Ahmed, Acting Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Department, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
- • Ms Ana Fernandes, Head of Foresight, Outreach and Policy Reform Unit, OECD
- • Ms Rita Walraf, Deputy Head of Division “Policy issues of sectoral and bilateral development cooperation, emerging economies”, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – Germany
Networking and matchmaking
Thematic breakout groups:
- • Group 1: Institutional and legal frameworks for mass digital use in countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA)
Picth: Mr Abossé Akue-Kpakpo, Digital Economy Director, UEMOA
Facilitator: Mr Ulrich Müller, Senior Advisor Innovation, Learning, Knowledge Sectoral Department, GIZ – Germany
- • Group 2: Global capacity building on digital agriculture for sustainable agriculture and food systems transformation
Pitch: Mr Debel Gutta, South-South and Triangular Cooperation Specialist, FAO
Facilitator: Ms Lara Weisstaub, Cooperation Specialist, PIFCSS
- • Group 3: National deployment of learning management systems
Pitch: Mr Sebastián Marambio Cathalifaud, Director of the Innovation Center, Chilean Ministry of Education
Facilitator: Ms Carolina de la Lastra, Kaleido
- • Group 4: Digital transformation enabling effective development co-operation: Experience of the Knowledge Hub for South-South Cooperation
Pitch: Mr Luis Angel Roa Zambrano, Triangular Co-operation Specialist, Colombian Presidential Agency of International Co-operation (APC-Colombia)
Facilitator: Ms Lauren Grubbs, Program Specialist, Digital Inclusion Team, US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Plenary Discussion: Reporting, lessons learned and next step
• Facilitator: Ms Carolina de la Lastra, Kaleido
We bring development stakeholders together to ensure that triangular co-operation initiatives are effective, country-led and involve inclusive partnerships for sustainable development.