FEATURE STORY December 18, 2017

Youth Summit Brings New Ideas to Digital Development

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The World Bank's Jose Luis Irigoyen with Youth Summit participants.


Youth Summit Brings New Ideas to Digital Development

On December 4-5, 2017, the World Bank’s Youth Summit brought innovative thinkers between the ages of 18 and 35 to meet with World Bank experts to discuss the impact of technology on development. This year’s topic, “Technology and Innovation for Impact,” sponsored in part by DDP, brought a lively crowd to the first floor of the World Bank’s headquarters.

In this year’s edition of the yearly event, 300 participants in Washington DC and 1,000 participants online, came together to pitch ideas about using technology to bring positive change to people in developing countries, to learn from experts and from each other, to network, and to get inspired. 


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Digital Technologies Foster Tangible Development Outcomes

After two days of exchange and competition, the Jury’s Choice Award was awarded to the Pakistani initiative Sehat Kahani, which connects women doctors who have given up their careers for marriage to poor and rural people with limited access to health care. Sehat Kahani uses an e-health hub, where workers link patients to doctors. The judges, six leaders in technology and development, liked the fact that Sehat Kahani tackled both the gender gap experienced by female doctors in Pakistan as well as the lack of health services in rural areas of the country, and they were impressed by the project’s plans for expansion.

The People’s Choice Award was given to Pink Collar, which aims to protect Malaysian women working abroad as maids. The women are vulnerable to abuse, and Pink Collar formalizes as much as possible the recruitment process and introduces quality standards, lessening the potential for exploitation, while improving the maids’ access to verified information and other safety enhancing features. Youth Summit participants liked Pink Collar’s goal of protecting and empowering female workers through the use of digital platforms.


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Strong Role of DDP

DDP made a strong contribution to the Youth Summit. In addition to helping sponsor the event, the DDP team worked to set the agenda for the Youth Summit and selected successful project ideas. DDP team members were instrumental during the event itself, moderating panels, leading discussions and promoting digital development. The World Bank’s ICT and Transport department’s Senior Director Jose Luis Irigoyen, in handing out the awards, stressed the power of youth and technology to transform the world, and the pressing need to make technology and digital economies work for everyone, everywhere.

For more information on the Youth Summit, visit the webpage of the Summit at

http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2017/08/08/world-bank-group-youth-summit-2017#1


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