The Policy Initiative on Digital Economy was launched at the EPF Think Week 2016 and deals with questions such as how more overall prosperity can be created in the digital economy, what societal challenges are, and how digitalization creates new opportunities for environmental sustainability and climate protection.
The evolving digital economy will directly impact the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. With digitalisation being high on the G20 agenda, at the Hangzhou Summit as well as during the German G20 Presidency, EPF members aim at generating analyses for sound policy options on how to shape future digital societies in sustainable and inclusive ways.
During the German G20 presidency, EPF facilitated the work of the G20 engagement groups on digitalisation.
As a result, EPF members from South Africa, India and China fed three policy papers into the G20 in May 2017:
- Bridging the Digital Divide: Measuring Digital Literacy (HSRC, Zhejiang University | poster presentation at the T20 summit)
- Bridging the Digital Divide: Skills for the New Age (HSRC, ORF | poster presentation at the T20 summit)
- Digital infrastructure: Overcoming Digital Divide in Emerging Economies (CEPS, Zhejiang University | poster presentation at the T20 summit).
Two of these policy briefs also feature in the “20 Solution Proposals for the G20“, the outcome document of the T20, which was handed over to Minister Peter Altmaier, Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery, on the occasion of the T20 Summit in Berlin, May 29-30.
Furthermore, a joint study with the Women20 (W20) engagement group on “The Effects of Digitalisation on Gender Equality in the G20 Economies” was published.
Argentina has meanwhile already put The Future of Work at the heart of its G20 Presidency agenda for next year (2018). Building on EPF´s successful contributions around issues of digital infrastructure and skilling, this year´s Think Week, held from 30 October to 2 November in Beijing, looked at how digital transformation will impact value chains and labour markets in emerging economies. Concrete follow-up initiatives include three country case studies on the basis of scenario-building, with the aim of scoping the impact of technological change in the informal sectors and on gender relations, and a modular approach for analysis and pilot projects around matching skill demand and supply in selected emerging economies. The aim is to continue to inform the T20 and G20 processes with concrete policy options.
- Launch of Policy Initiative
Policy initiative launched at the EPF Think Week 2016 in Beijing on ‘The Digital Economy – Pathways for the Global Sustainability Agenda’.
- Preliminary discussions of findings
At a joint meeting of G20 engagement groups, positions and findings on digitalisation have been discussed.
- Presentation and review of pre-final policy papers
Preliminary versions of three policy papers on digital economy were submitted to the T20 process and final results presented at a Webinar hosted by HSRC.
Preliminary findings of the W20 study “The Effects of Digitalisation on Gender Equality in the G20 Economies” were discussed at the W20 Outreach Event in Argentina.
- Release of final policy papers
- Integration into international processes