The Innovative Use of Technology in International Development

  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy 2020 K Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20006 United States

Join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)  and Sapient for a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at Gensler on 2020 K Street, on The Innovative Use of Technology in International Development with panelists from the Clinton Foundation, USAID Global Development Lab, USIP PeaceTech Lab, and Action Aid.

Technology is revolutionizing problem solving around the world, and its cutting edge applications to the field of international development are at the forefront of global progress. This panel brings together leaders from the private sector, government and the non-profit community to discuss the role of technology in development now and in the coming decade.

In the roughly two decades since the launch of the web’s first search engines, technology has expanded and progressed at an incredible rate. Technology revolutionized how we communicate, learn, and develop across sectors, geographies, and demographics. In 2015 and beyond, the potential for technology seems almost unlimited. With technology progressing so quickly, we must assess the effectiveness of its use. In thinking through the progression of technology, we pose several questions:

  • What technologies most effective in international development?

  • What lessons have we learned around innovation in international development?

  • Are international communities and developing countries truly benefitting from technology?

  • Moving forward, how can and should international development harness this technology for the causes of social justice, economic development, and the alleviation of poverty?

  • What adjustments or innovations will be necessary for international development to harness technology’s full potential?

  • Furthermore, as we look ahead 5-10 years, how will technology continue to evolve, and thus change the face of the world we strive to protect?

We will explore these topics and more in our panel discussion.

Panelists Include:

In addition to the panel discussion, there will be plenty of networking time with your peers, cold beverages and snacks. 

October 27