Developing A Knowledge Based Economy. Bitange Ndemo , PhD. Honorary Chair Alliance for Affordable Internet [email protected] Today’s Agenda . A4AI and how it relates to the knowledge economy Mission and w hy a ffordability is Important? Focus on Policy and Regulation
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Meet UN Broadband Commission Broadband Target of entry-level broadband services priced at less than 5% of average monthly income.
Public Sector / Academia
Civil Society / Foundations
- Software (Global Licenses, Open Source)
Demographic shifts affect the government workforce skill levels and expectations for workplace services and technologies.
These factors converge to create an increasingly challenging environment
Adapting to Technology Innovation
Major demographic shifts
Rising Citizen Demands
Citizens expect more transparency, ease and quality of service, accountability and government efficiencies
Transition to e-governance
Increasing citizen expectations: Citizens demand more flexible, personalized public services
Social media revolution: Citizens can engage with government as never before
Increasing citizen participation: Citizens are no longer content to be passive consumers of services
The World Bank identified the following four pillars as critical requisites for a country to be able to fully participate in the knowledge economy:
Kids working together on a computer in Haiti. Source: A4AI member Inveneo
Photo by A4AI member, Intel
Picture by A4AI member World Pulse
A network of research centers, universities, think tanks, private enterprises and community groups is necessary to tap into the growing stock of global knowledge, assimilate and adapt it to local needs, and create new knowledge.
Photo by A4AI’s member The Grameen Foundation