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This event will take place in the Lindner Family Commons on the 6th floor of the Elliott School of International Affairs, located at 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC. It is co-sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation of Washington, D.C., the Center for Global Development, the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP), and the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub at the George Washington University.
The digital transformation of the global economy can help businesses and governments provide services more efficiently and effectively. But it also creates new risks for individuals whose personal data may be used to improve products and services. To succeed in the data-driven economy, policymakers must establish clear rules about how data can be collected, used, and shared in a manner that simultaneously protects citizens from abuse and enables innovation, development, and growth. Striking this balance may be particularly difficult in lower income countries, where the diffusion of technology is often slower and less complete than in wealthier ones. We are in the early phase of debating how governments should prepare for and manage the growing role of data in their economies and there is a limited consensus on best approaches. The aim of this free conference is to improve our shared understanding of the role of data governance for economic growth and development. Throughout the day, speakers will address how data can be used to stimulate development; how best to govern different types of data and data-driven services; and how global governance might support full and fair participation of lower income countries in the digital economy.
Health systems around the world can suffer from a crisis of distrust; patients may question the quality of government clinics and newspapers may expose private hospitals for peddling unnecessary procedures. These are symptoms of volume-based health systems that focus on the quantity of care delivered rather than quality or outcomes. Many countries are accelerating down this path. Hospital construction sometimes surpasses growth of primary care infrastructure. New insurance schemes sometimes expand access to inpatient treatment, without equivalent expansion of community-based prevention. These approaches create lasting structural flaws which increase costs without delivering desired results. As countries commit to universal health coverage (UHC), there is a narrow window to chart a different trajectory toward the common goal of achieving the best health outcomes for the resources invested.
Please join us to discuss the new IDRC book Scaling Impact: Innovation for the Public Good. Co-authors, Robert McLean and John Gargani, will discuss the new and practical approach to scaling the positive impacts of research and innovation outlined in the book, based on a review of over 200 IDRC studies and 5 in-depth case explorations.
The digital transformation of the global economy can help businesses and governments provide services more efficiently and effectively. But it also creates new risks for individuals whose personal data may be used to improve products and services.
The Chinese government’s Belt and Road initiative, now entering its 7th year, has generated a great deal of attention globally. The visibility of the initiative reflects its priority among China’s senior leadership, the consideration of the initiative as both opportunity and risk among potential partner governments, and the concerns raised by its critics. The discourse to date has been dominated by political and strategic considerations. The economics of BRI has received considerably less attention, partly a function of the lack of analysis and research on economic questions – but that picture is changing.