Digitale ontsnapping uit de armoede

KOPENHAGEN – Waar moet de wereldgemeenschap zijn aandacht de komende vijftien jaar op richten? Gezondheid, voeding en onderwijs lijken de voor de hand liggende keuzes; verrassender is dat ook goed te beargumenteren valt dat toegang tot breedband-internet topprioriteit wordt.

Neem dit simpele feit in overweging: het verdriedubbelen van de toegang tot mobiel internet in de komende vijftien jaar zou de derde wereld 22 biljoen dollar rijker maken. Zo een verbetering in de levens en het verdienpotentieel van arme mensen zou indirect kunnen helpen bij de andere uitdagingen; welvarender mensen neigen nou eenmaal gezonder, beter gevoed en hoger opgeleid te zijn.

Deze discussie doet er toe omdat de 193 nationale regeringen van deze wereld elkaar in september zullen ontmoeten bij de VN om een lijst samen te stellen met de ontwikkelingsdoelen die in 2030 behaald moeten zijn. Mijn denktank, de Copenhagen Consensus, heeft 60 teams met economen, waaronder verschillende Nobelprijswinnaars, gevraagd te onderzoeken welke doelen het meeste opbrengen per bestede dollar, om hiermee de vergadering te helpen de juiste keuzen te maken.

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