ZUMA Wire Update: Melinda Gates Launches Tech Plan to Reduce Poverty Across Africa

New Global Commission Will Examine How Emerging Technologies Can Benefit The Poorest

Philanthropist Melinda Gates Visits Nairobi Kenya

ZUMA Press Wire Service has news on Pathways for Prosperity, a new organization launched by Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, minister of finance of Indonesia; and Strive Masiyiwa, founder and executive chairman of Econet.

Pathways for Prosperity: Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development was launched in Nairobi to discuss the need for a global conversation on the role of technology in driving progress and inclusion in developing countries.

The new commission will provide evidence and analysis, along with concrete policy recommendations, to help developing country governments navigate this rapidly evolving landscape and will be led by the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

The new technologies include the use of artificial intelligence (AI), automation, robotics, nanotechnology among others, which will be used to spur inclusive growth and effective governance. The new commission will find what technology can do for jobs and economic opportunities in developing countries. The commission will also investigate how emerging technologies can be harnessed for use in the poorest countries to tackle problems and enhance economic opportunities.

The commission will examine how emerging technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will disrupt job creation, the geography of value chains, and economic growth. The hope is the $5 million study will foster inclusivity and provide recommendations to governments to spur innovation and help reduce the fear around digitation and machine learning.

Source: ZUMA Press

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