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Please RSVP Now: USAID Digital Development Forum India

By Wayan Vota on October 11, 2015

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The Government of India launched the Digital India Program in 2015, with the aim to “transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy” that will increase economic growth and access to life-enhancing information and services for health, agriculture, education, clean energy and more.

It’s an ambitious vision, especially for a country in which 65% of its citizens still do not own a basic mobile phone, and 80% do not have access to the Internet. To achieve it will require deliberate effort by a wide variety of stakeholders, including the government, the private sector, and civil society all working together.

At this stage there are more questions than answers, such as:

  • Who is creating the digital business models that serve the base-of-the-pyramid?
  • Which mobile health services can scale to reach millions?
  • Where are the gaps to realizing greater financial inclusion and how can we bridge them?
  • How can we reach the last mile through scaleable and affordable connectivity solutions?
  • Which approaches will close the Digital Gender Gap across the country?
  • Who is providing locally relevant life-enhancing content (at a profit)?
  • What are the trade-offs in ensuring privacy and security in a digital ecosystem?

Please RSVP now to join USAID/India, the U.S. Global Development Lab, and FHI 360 to explore these questions and their potential answers at the USAID Digital Development Forum on November 2, 2015 in New Delhi, India.

The public forum will focus on the importance of supporting the building blocks of an inclusive digital economy in India, the critical role of a healthy enabling environment, and the innovative value-added services that are emerging as a result.

Please RSVP now to join over 120 experts from the digital technology and international development communities, including local technology firms, USAID implementing partners, donors and others who are working to ensure that every citizen, even the most vulnerable, is both a participant and contributor in the Indian digital economy.

The USAID Digital Development Forum will feature participants like:


We are particularly excited to offer participants the opportunity to give short 5-minute lightning talks highlighting new digital development innovations or to lead a learning lunch table to dive deep into a topic. Be sure to note your interest when you RSVP.

USAID Digital Development Forum India
8:30am – 5:30pm
Monday November 2, 2015
The Imperial Hotel
New Delhi, India
RSVP is required to attend

Please RSVP now as space at this event is limited to 120 experts. They will be setting the digital development agenda for India. And so could you – if you RSVP now.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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2 Comments to “Please RSVP Now: USAID Digital Development Forum India”

  1. I am interested in attending USAID Digital Development Forum India.
    Done RSVP on Saturday, 31 October 2015 not received any reply (confirmation/ regret),
    I don’t have any local mobile contact number, Please do let me know can I attend this now.

    Chetan Mehrotra
    Senior Data Coordinator
    Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU)
    Ministry of Health & Family welfare
    Mob: =91 9911011956

    • Hi Wayan
      I don’t have any local mobile contact number of the organizers where I can contact and enquire about attending the USAID Digital Development Forum India.
      Kindly do the needful

      Chetan Mehrotra