Sustainable Digital Economy
Relevance and Background
The ongoing Digital Transformation will change the very social and economic fabric of countries across the globe and will critically impact the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Policy Initiative on Sustainable Digital Economy therefore brings together EPF member think tanks with the objective of tackling questions of prosperity and societal challenges through digitalization. Jointly, they develop innovative policies that harbor the potential of digital solutions to advance environmental sustainability and climate protection as well as to make the future of work play out as socially inclusive as possible. Reflecting the spirit of EPF, the Policy Initiative supports evidence-based policy research, shapes global agenda setting through the G20 and its Engagement Groups, and explores options to foster the implementation of sustainability solutions through the EMSD private and financial sector networks.
How we work
Launched in 2016 during the annual EPF Think Week in Beijing, EMSD has meanwhile facilitated a G20 Engagement Group Dialogue on Digitalisation in Berlin. Building on EPF´s successful contributions around issues of digital infrastructure and skilling, the third Think Week 2017 in Beijing looked at how digital transformation will impact value chains and labour markets in emerging economies. Concrete follow-up initiatives include scenario-building exercises that led to the publication of three country studies, scoping the impact of technological change in the informal sectors as well as on gender relations. Next, a modular approach for analysis and pilot projects around matching skill demand and supply in selected emerging economies was developed.
Members of the Policy Initiative:
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Zhejiang University of Science and Technology
Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC)