Building Digital Competencies to Benefit from Frontier Technologies

Technological changes observed in recent years, particularly driven by the rapid development of information and communications technologies (ICTs), offer the potential to transform economies and improve the living standards of many people.

Furthermore, they have a strong potential to disrupt productive sectors and markets, including through technological convergence and recombination.

This study explores ways in which digital skills can be developed and harnessed to support sustainable development.

The Report is structured as follows:

Chapter I provides an introduction to technogogial change and its impact.

Chapter II discusses the types of skills that countries need to prepare the future workforces for the changing world and to maximize the development opportunities offered by existing and emerging technologies.

Chapter III examines the potential of existing and emerging digital technologies in building and enhancing digital skills, particularly in developing countries. The chapter discusses the promise of technologies for education, specifically, massive open online courses (MOOCs), remote learning, and opportunities of open access.

Chapter IV focuses on the environment to enable skills development. It addresses aspects of shaping education in school, on-the-job and throughout life, and the importance of developing an enabling environment to support skills development.

Chapter V presents key findings and policy considerations that can help countries to develop digital competencies.