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Monday, 20 March, 2017 - 21:45

The last few weeks have been super busy here in the Digital and Technology Team at IDS. I'm preparing for fieldwork in the Philippines at the same time as we are juggling a raft of exciting new research proposals at various stages of development. Last week we ran the inagural Digital Development Summit at London's South Bank Centre with partners Nesta and the Web Foundation and with funding from DFID. If you didn't get one of the golden tickets don't worry, you can still view the keynote speeches and read the event blogs here. This year's Summit was an invitation only event but the good news is that next year's Summit will be bigger and longer to allow for much wider participation. Watch this space for further details.
 

 

This first Digital Development Summit focused on The Future of Work and its implications for development. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few months (and what with Brexit and Trump who could blame you?!) you couldn't have failed to notice a tsunami of...

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