Despite advances over the last decade, more than four billion people around the world still don’t have access to the internet, the vast majority of those who are disconnected come from poor and marginalised communities in some of the least developed countries. If left unaddressed this digital divide could increase the inequities between and within countries, leading to an even greater development divide.
In light of this, on the 10th May, 2017 to 11th May, 2017 the Zambian Governance Foundation and the Swedish Embassy in Zambia hosted the first ever Lusaka Internet Forum at the Raddison Blu Hotel in Lusaka with over 150 delegates in attendance.
The forum highlighted the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for sustainable development by focusing on 3 themes; Freedom of Expression, Sustainable Agriculture and Gender & Access. it educated the participants on work in solutions to problems relating to the themes and how ICT can be used as a tool in reaching those solutions.