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Launch of the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
March 9, 2016Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The World Bank office in Malaysia invites you to the launch of the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividendswhich explores the role of ICTs and social media in shaping development outcomes, in particular growth, jobs and service delivery.

Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed. For digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere requires closing the remaining digital divide, especially in internet access. But greater digital adoption will not be enough. To get the most out of the digital revolution, countries also need to work on the “analog complements”—by strengthening regulations that ensure competition among businesses, by adapting workers’ skills to the demands of the new economy, and by ensuring that institutions are accountable.


  • Uwe Deichmann

    Economic Geographer, Development Research Group, World Bank
    Uwe Deichmann is an economic geographer in the World Bank’s Development Research Group. His research interests are in the geographic aspects of development. His recent work has included issues of urban development, the role of infrastructure in promoting regional growth, and the impacts of natural hazards and global change on economic development. He has been a principal author of the World Development Report 2009 "Reshaping Economic Geography." Prior to joining the World Bank he worked for the UN Environment Program and the UN Statistics Division. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography and Regional Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
  • WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2016; 9:30am - 11:30 am
  • WHERE: Sasana Kijang, No. 2 Jalan Dato’ Onn, Kuala Lumpur, 50480
  • RSVP: By March 4, 2016 to msambrose@worldbank.org. Please include your full name, passport/Malaysia IC and affiliation
  • FOR ENQUIRIES: Please contact Ms. Stella Ambrose at 03-2263 4909