Financing is one of the 6 enablers of connectivity identified for sustainable development for all and particularly for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), and Small Island Development States (SIDs).
Financing connectivity has been recognized as a key priority in the
UN Roadmap for Digital Cooperation Working Group on Universal Connectivity and in the Broadband Commission Working Group on
21st Century Financing Models.
A range of innovative financing approaches have already been applied and tested in various markets and sectors.
This session of the Road to Addis explored some innovative financing models and their application as well as some good practices and lessons learned in financing connectivity for sustainable development.
The session answered the following questions:
What new models of financing need to be developed to ensure universal, meaningful and sustainable connectivity?
How can new and non-traditional actors (donors, investors) be engaged?
What has to change in the role of the international community to facilitate these new models and to better engage new actors?
What specific additional challenges must be overcome by LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDs?
This event was highly interactive with youth participation, Q&A from the audience, data presentations, as well as videos, polls and other such rich and engaging elements.
The session was hosted by ITU and moderated by David Kirkpatrick, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy Media.
ROAD TO ADDIS BLOGS
If you have missed the episode, watch it here: