IDMODEL Policy brief 1 (09/20)
The Inclusive Digital Model (IDMODEL) project has recently published a policy brief which summarises the main findings and key policy recommendations emanating from the China ‘Kuaishou’ and Bangladesh ‘Haate Haat’ cases. The brief incorporates the views of key stakeholders including Kuaishou and respondents in both countries on how to overcome digital challenges and seize the opportunities presented by new digital models and technologies in developing countries. Some of the main findings include:
- The importance of digital infrastructure at the BoP including information infrastructure in poor areas that allows the poor access the internet through mobile communication services such as mobile phones.
- The importance of education and training for digital output, for instance, the provision of free skills training in terms of graphic creation, video shooting, new media, and e-commerce, etc.,to empower the marginalised people to fully use digital technology business models for value creation.
- The need to support local content based value creation by facilitating partnerships between local governments, the private sector and grassroot entrepreneurs.
The findings of this pioneering research have so far provided insightful policy implications for technology-based business models in developing countries. The accessibility and affordability of technology, however, warrant further actions from local and national governments, local NGOs, and multinational enterprises (MNEs). This poverty alleviating policy action can only be achieved through effective collaborations between business, society, and politics.