Investing in the building blocks for digital inclusion: an ecosystem perspective on the commercial and social opportunities of extending connectivity
The worldwide proliferation of mobile and internet connectivity offers a profound opportunity to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of social impact across key sectors in human development, such as health and education. However, only one in three people in the developing world are connected to the internet. A growing number of enterprises are deploying innovative solutions to provide connectivity in communities where access remains unavailable or cost-prohibitive. This panel will feature lightning talks from several such enterprises followed by a conversation with investors and market stakeholders on the financial and social returns of connectivity and the role of impact investment and blended finance.
blended finance, Connectivity, Digital, innovation, social impact, technology
Moderator: John Garrity, Senior Connectivity Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Development Lab, Center for Digital Development Digital Inclusion Team Lightning Talks --Lindsay Clinton, Director, Intellecap --Lene Sjorslev Schulze, Bluetown Ecosystem Panelists: --Industry stakeholder/investor: Stephen Ozoigbo, CEO, Africa Technology Foundation --Social Impact: Troy Etulain, Project Director, Digital Solutions, FHI 360
Lightning Talk Speaker and Panelist: Vanu Inc Ecosystem Panelist, Industry stakeholder/investor: Facebook, Telecom Infrastructure Project Open Cellular Team Ecosystem Panelist, Industry stakeholder/investor: Omidyar Ecosystem Panelist, Industry stakeholder/investor: GSMA, Mobile for Development, Yasmina McCarty
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