INTRODUCTION

​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 will explore some innovative financing models and their application, as well as some good practices and lessons learned in financing connectivity for sustainable development.

The session will aim to answer 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 will be 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 will be hosted by ITU and moderated by David Kirkpatrick, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy Media.


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PAST ROAD TO ADDIS EVENTS​

  1. ​​​Road to Addis, kick-off event, 9​ November​ 2020​
  2. Road to Addis, partnerships, 2 February 2021​​
  3. Road to Addis, inclusion, 18 March 2021​​​

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PANELLISTS
Doreen Bogdan-Martin BDT Director
​​Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau
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​Aya Miyaguchi
Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation
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Hiro Mizuno
UN Special Envoy on Innovative Finance & Sustainable Investments
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Mmabatho Motsamai
Founder, Afrolutionist; 
Member of ITU Generation Connect Visionaries Board
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Andile Ngcaba
Founder, Convergence Partners
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Preeti Sinha
Executive Secretary, UN Capital Development Fund 
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ROAD TO ADDIS: EPISODE 4
Finance2Connect​

Finance2Connect​: Innovative Ways to Finance Connectivity​

28 April, 2021, 15:00 – 16:15 CEST
Register here​
​Zoom webinar 
​​​The ​​webinar will be delivered in English. Live English captioning ​​will be provided.