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Digital Development Partnership (DDP)


As digital progress is fast and primarily private sector driven, DDP draws on best practices from client countries and the private sector. To this end, DDP is bringing together traditional partners from the development community and leading global IT firms. Much of this digital development agenda is encouraged through loans and grants from the World Bank and other development partners.

Currently, DDP is in a partnership with DenmarkFinlandGSMAJapanKoreaMicrosoft, and the United Kingdom. DDP will further expand the partnership to catalyze multidonor funds to accelerate the engagement with country clients, roll out new approaches to ICT, and advance digital development.

Denmark

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"Digital technologies are enablers, drivers and accelerators of sustainable development and growth. The exponential spread of digital technologies is already improving societies and people’s lives and holds the potential for us to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. Digitalisation is a new cross-cutting tool in Danish development cooperation and together with DDP we seek to contribute to bridging the digital divides and harness the digital dividends in developing countries."

Finland

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"The ongoing digital revolution is fundamentally changing the world we live in and will provide new opportunities to enhance development and the achievement of the SDGs. DDP strengthens Finland’s long-term commitment to enhance development of information societies and innovation capacities in partner countries."

GSMA

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"Digitalization is revolutionizing the way entire sectors operate and has the power to transform communities and people’s futures. In many markets, mobile networks are the most widespread and reliable infrastructure to deliver digital services, so mobile is a key enabler in connecting populations and driving economic growth. On behalf of the mobile industry, the GSMA is proud to be part of DDP and believes that the framework it provides for public-private sector partnership has the potential to deliver substantial change for good."

Japan

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"Cyberspace is a place in which intellectual property, such as technological innovations and new business models can be created and will continue to serve as a platform for sustainable development of economic society. The security of cyberspace, which serves as the foundation of economic society, must be ensured, and at the same time, its autonomously sustained evolution and development has to be ensured in order to achieve sustainable progress and wealth to society. Japan will continue to actively contribute to DDP so as to promote cybersecurity capacity building for developing countries."

Korea

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"Digitalization possesses the potential to benefit people’s way of life with digital technologies. On the other hand, rapid development of technology also has risks of widening the digital divide. The Digital Development Partnership has been helping to bridge such digital divide between countries. Korea, as a partner of DDP, will stand by the World Bank and keep working together to maximize benefits and reduce risks of digitalization."

Microsoft

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"The Digital Development Partnership teams Microsoft (and others) with the World Bank to help operationalize the 2016 WDR on Digital Dividends, by bringing public and private sector partners together to catalyze support to developing countries and emerging economies with digital development strategies and plans. Entirely consistent with the mission “To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more”, Microsoft supports DDP efforts to empower countries by ensuring an Enabling Environment for Digital Development by advancing technology adoption and accelerating digital transformation, enabling them to achieve digital dividends for all their constituents."

United Kingdom

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"Digital technologies have the potential to revolutionize the lives of the poor, unlock development and prosperity, and accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, significant barriers stand in the way of realizing the full potential of digital development, including the lack of access to the internet, exposing the most vulnerable and marginalized to the risk of being left behind. The UK will work to reduce these digital divides by enabling secure and inclusive access to the growth and prosperity promised by digital development. Our partnership with DDP will support the delivery of our digital development and cybersecurity strategies."

 

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