Harnessing Technology to Build Human Capital in South Asia

How can South Asia capitalize on converging technology to accelerate its development of human capital and promote adaptability and resilience to future shocks like COVID-19? Our 7th One South Asia Conversation will focus on these potentials and challenges of leveraging technologies to build human capital and help South Asia manage risks and shocks: how can it overcome regional barriers, promote cross-country collaboration to support recovery from COVID and other shocks, and build human capital and adaptable resilience in the region. This conversation builds on our World Bank publication, The Converging Technology Revolution and Human Capital: Potential and Implications for South Asia, which examines how technologies can accelerate human capital development, with a focus on improving service delivery, building adaptability and resilience, and promoting inclusion. More info: https://live.worldbank.org/harnessing-technology-build-human-capital-south-asia?cid=ECR_YT_Worldbank_EN_EXT

🗣️ Speakers
• Mamta Murthi, Vice President, Human Development, World Bank
• Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change, India
• Rabi Karmacharya, Executive Director, OLE Nepal
• Dr. Sania Nishtar, Federal Minister, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Ministry, Pakistan
• Dr. Khondaker A. Mamun, Founder and CEO, CMED Health, Bangladesh
• Moderator: Cecile Fruman, Director, Regional Integration and Engagement, South Asia Region

📑 Agenda
00:00 Introduction to regional integration, cooperation and engagement work in South Asia
4:49 Potentials and risks of harnessing technology for human development and the role of World Bank
16:20 Use of technologies and digital innovation to deliver social protection program in Pakistan
24:43 Lessons learnt from the implementation of social protection program using technologies in Pakistan
29:53 How is technology changing the health landscape in Bangladesh?
39:30 Use of technologies, open-source platforms, and teachers’ trainings to help improve access to education in Nepal
45:24 Bridging technical possibilities and development realities, and intersection of technology and social justice
49:46 Digital inequity and gaps in digital access for vulnerable, marginalized and women in South Asia
57:29 Collectively addressing the concerns of empowerment and inequality in the use of technologies
1:04:05 Opportunities to enhance the avenues of regional cooperation using technologies in health sector
1:10:05 Examples and potential areas of cooperation among South Asia countries in education sector
1:16:15 Regional cooperation in policy areas and frameworks and unique South Asian approach to social and digital justice
1:18:46 Spectrum of options of regional cooperation like academic and knowledge sharing, pooling of resources and build on systems’ similarity in South Asia
1:20:55 Priority policy action to promote regional cooperation in the use of technologies for human development
1:26:18 Conclusion and poll results

📚 Download the report! The Converging Technology Revolution and Human Capital : Potential and Implications for South Asia https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/36156?cid=ECR_YT_Worldbank_EN_EXT

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